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Windows 7: U.S. government makes jailbreaking, unlocking and ripping DVDs legal

26 Jul 2010   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
U.S. government makes jailbreaking, unlocking and ripping DVDs legal

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The U.S. Government Library of Congress Copyright Office announced today new policy changes that let owners of electronic devices break security protections within the device to allow non-authorized code and programs to be run on the operating system.
more..

washingtonpost.com


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26 Jul 2010   #2
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

it would be good if i was in the us Hahaha
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26 Jul 2010   #3
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Sounds like a common sense approach - which is rare for government.
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26 Jul 2010   #4
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Wait.

This can't be real! This is something that is GOOD for competition! This is NOT in the interest of the big corporations!

Sweet. I will probably have to make use of this...

~Lordbob
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26 Jul 2010   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Based on the way the article is written it sounds like the new rules only apply to certain scenarios, but it will be nice for iPod and iPhone users to be able to legally jailbreak their devices and get apps from other vendors.
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26 Jul 2010   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Based on the way the article is written it sounds like the new rules only apply to certain scenarios, but it will be nice for iPod and iPhone users to be able to legally jailbreak their devices and get apps from other vendors.
That is exactly what this allows.

~Lordbob
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26 Jul 2010   #7
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

This is awesome lol....


I wonder what Apple is doing right now....

Edit: I already know. they are writing an app to jailbreak the iPhone. It will only cost $5.99...
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26 Jul 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
This is awesome lol....


I wonder what Apple is doing right now....
They are angry to the core.
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26 Jul 2010   #9
dood

Win7/XP
 
 

Hmmm...

Score one for the good guys..

iPhone jailbreaking (and all cell phone unlocking) made legal - Yahoo! News

iPhone jailbreaking (and all cell phone unlocking) made legal


While the courts have been busy making decisions about digital rights, Washington has also been having its say on copyright law, at least as it relates to the iPhone and other handsets. Key new rules arrived Monday morning.
Most notably, the FCC has made the controversial practice of “jailbreaking” your iPhone — or any other cell phone — legal.

Jailbreaking — the practice of unlocking a phone (and particularly an iPhone) so it can be used on another network and/or run other applications than those approved by Apple — has technically been illegal for years. However, no one has been sued or prosecuted for the practice. (Apple does seriously frown on the practice, and jailbreaking your phone will still void your warranty.) It’s estimated that more than a million iPhone owners have jailbroken their handsets.

Apple fought hard against the legalization, arguing that jailbreaking was a form of copyright violation. The FCC disagreed, saying that jailbreaking merely enhanced the inter-operability of the phone, and was thus legitimate under fair-use rules.

The upshot is that now anyone can jailbreak or otherwise unlock any cell phone without fear of legal penalties, whether you want to install unsupported applications or switch to another cellular carrier. Cell phone companies are of course still free to make it difficult for you to do this — and your warranty will probably still be voided if you do — but at least you won’t be fined or imprisoned if you jailbreak a handset.

In addition to the jailbreaking exemption, the FCC announced a few oth er rules that have less sweeping applicability but are still significant:

• Professors, students and documentary filmmakers are now allowed, for “noncommercial” purposes, to break the copy protection measures on DVDs to be used in classroom or other not-for-profit environments. This doesn’t quite go so far as to grant you and me the right to copy a DVD so we can watch it in two rooms of the house, but it’s now only one step away.

• As was the topic in the GE ruling I wrote about, the FCC allows computer owners to bypass dongles if they are no longer in operation and can’t be replaced. Dongles are rarities in consumer technology products now, but industrial users are probably thrilled about this, as many go missing and are now impossible to obtain.

• Finally, people are now free to circumvent protection measures on video games — but, strangely, only to investigate and correct security flaws in those games. (Another oddity: Other computer software is not part of this ruling, just video games.)
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26 Jul 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The way it's worded is funny....you can legally break the copy protection to copy a video as long as you are a professor or student who needs to put a clip into a video presentation. But if you are attempting to make a temporary backup of a Netflix movie to shift it to a more convenient time for you, it's not alright.
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