EFF: Sign Petition to Tell the U.S. Copyright Office That Jailbreaking is Not a Crime

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to declare that jailbreaking does not violate the DMCA

In addition to requesting iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in the U.S. to send comments to Copyright Office to convince them to renew and expand the exemptions for jailbreaking, EFF is also encouraging users to sign the petition at jailbreakingisnotacrime.org. The petition states:

You bought it. You own it. Tell the Copyright Office: let me install whatever software I want on my phone, tablet, or video game system.

Back in 2010, EFF had won critical exemption to the DMCA, which made it legal for users  in the US to jailbreak their iPhone.

At that time, Apple had told the U.S. Copyright Office that it believed jailbreaking an iPhone is a violation of the DMCA and infringes on its copyright. Apple also informed the Copyright Office that the exemption request by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was not acceptable as the very act of jailbreaking the iPhone results in copyright infringement.

However, the exemption needs to be renewed otherwise it would expire, which could make jailbreaking your iOS device illegal. Interestingly, it looks like the exemption was only for smartphones, so it did not cover tablets like Apple’s iPad. EFF wants to fix that by expanding the exemption to also cover tablets.

So if you’re in the U.S. and love jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, then don’t waste any time and sign the petition by heading over to jailbreakingisnotacrime.org as there is only 14 days left to sign it.

[via EFF]

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