US Copyright Office OKs Jailbreaking Of IPhones

Law360, New York (July 26, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that owners of Apple Inc.'s iPhone can legally unlock the devices to run programs that haven't been approved by Apple, rejecting the technology giant's argument that such manipulation infringes its copyright on the device's software.

Librarian of Congress James Billington, who oversees the Copyright Office, on Monday added modification of the iPhone and other smartphones, commonly known as jailbreaking, to a list of actions that don't violate copyright protections.

According to the notice, the U.S. government concluded that “when one...
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