Federal Ruling Loosens Apple's Grip
Ever attempted a jailbreak? Well, according to the Copyright Office, it's practically legal.
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No, we don't mean climbing over an electric, barbed wire fence, running from armed security guards. We're talking about iPhone jailbreaking – using your tech savvy to change iPhone's software so that you can add applications not sold in the App Store. Many iPhone users perform this risky procedure on their iPhone in order to add software like Google Voice and tethering (connecting your mobile device to a computer in order to gain internet access, using the phone as a modem). However, before this week, this procedure was 100% illegal. Now it's only partially illegal.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation was able to successfully appeal the Copyright Office to add an exception to take injunction off the table for jailbreakers. Apple can still claim breach of contract for iPhone users if they perform jailbreaking on their Iphones and they can sue both the user and the creator of the software. However, as of this week, Apple can no longer legally stop people from jailbreaking their phones.

According to Apple, they have received millions of complaints pertaining to jailbreaked phones. The company urges users not to dismantle the iPhone's software, as it was designed for optimal usage. The software installed in the phone prevents malware and by buying Apps strictly from the Apple App Store, the user can protect their phone from viruses. However, if the user changes the software, they are no longer protected against this. The user also gives up their warranty if they jailbreak their phone.