With the new ruling of the U.S. Copyright Office being handed down this week, I have to say that THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!! The fact that now "Jailbreaking" your iPhone is not considered illegal, and other rulings may really change how companies do business. Crunchgear has a rundown of all the changes that U.S. Copyright Office made.
Take a look:
1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism
2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone
3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile
4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation
5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured
6. Having an ebook be read aloud (ie for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.
So if you would like to back up your DVD so if your kid destroys the original, it's now legal to do so. Most of these rulings favor the big companies, but I think this is the first time in ages that a decision like this was made for the consumer.
Letting consumers use their property the way THEY want to......... What a concept!!!