Copyright Of Phone
The Copyright Office this week renewed rules that make it legal to jailbreak a smartphone like the iPhone, but declined to extend those rules to tablets.
Though millions of tablets have now been sold, the Copyright Office within the Library of Congress found that the proposed definition of the device is too broad for it to be added to the rules.
“For example, an ebook reading device might be considered a ‘tablet,’ as might a handheld video game device or a laptop computer,” the Copyright Office said in its decision.
Break Of Phone
Jailbreaking a device allows you to run unapproved applications. It is most often mentioned in conjunction with the iPhone because Apple has strict control over which apps it allows into its App Store. If you jailbreak your device, you could run an app not available in the App Store on your iPhone, but the very act of jailbreaking voids your warranty, so you better know what you’re doing.
In July 2010, the Copyright Office ruled that jailbreaking is permissible under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) fair use provisions. Jailbreaking is “innocuous at worst and beneficial at best,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington wrote at the time.
That rule was set to expire this year, so groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lobbied to have it extended.
“The DMCA creates a cloud of legal uncertainty over American consumers – whether they are tinkerers, artists, or just looking to make their gadgets work better,” EFF Intellectual Property director Corynne McSherry said today. “The ruling from the Copyright Office today goes a long way towards mitigating some of the DMCA’s most grievous harms.”
EFF senior staff attorney Marcia Hofmann said the group was pleased by the smartphone ruling but disappointed that it wasn’t extended to other gadgets. “We’ll be back with more exemption requests in the next rulemaking, and we’re hopeful the Copyright Office will keep moving in the right direction,” she said.
Officials also declined to extend jailbreak authority to consoles because “video games are far more difficult and complex to produce than smartphone applications,” and mechanisms that prevent jailbreaking “protect highly valuable expressive works.”
Sony got into an extended legal battle last year with George “Geohot” Hotz after he hacked the Sony PS3 and posted his circumvention technique on his Web site, as well as links for others to do the same. Sony and Hotz ultimately settled out of court at the end of March: Hotz is forbidden from engaging in “unauthorized access” to a Sony product, including the circumvention of any protection measures on any of Sony’s products. Fines for violating the agreement would cost Hotz $10,000 per violation, to a maximum of a quarter-million dollars.[ Source :- Pcmag ]