‘Jailbreaking’ Your iPhone

“Jailbreaking,” or the practice of downloading applications that aren’t approved by the makers of Apple’s iPhone and other smart phones, is now lawful due to changes in federal copyright laws. This, according to the Library of Congress.

Vehemently criticized by Apple and other firms, the recent changes can now allow users to take their smart phones from one carrier to another as long as it is approved by their new service provider.

According to the phone makers, jailbreaking can destabilize the said gadgets. It is still yet to be known if Apple will be lodging a complaint against the copyright office of the Library of Congress.

Meanwhile, James H. Billington of the Library of Congress said copyright laws are reevaluated every three years to keep up with consumer needs.

“The purpose of the proceeding is to determine whether current technologies that control access to copyrighted works are diminishing the ability of individuals to use works in lawful, non-infringing ways,” Billington said.

On their part, people from Apple said jailbreaking “can severely degrade the experience [of using iPhone].”

“As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably.”