Woohoo! Jailbreaking electronic devices temporarily legalized

Yup, for the next there years, people can legally “jailbreak” their iPhones and hop to another wireless carrier. (Now I just need an iPhone to jailbreak…) Though I do not anything that’s limited by DRM in a way that effects me—DVD encryption has not—I’m happy to see some relief coming from the tortures of DRM.

Curiously, this was authorized not by Congress, but by the Library of Congress, which is the body with the power to make this ruling. If the dense copy on the LOC page is too much, a more pedestrian reading on the exceptions can be found on ArsTechnica.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.