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Library of Congress Adds DMCA Exception for Jailbreaking and Rooting

Apple and related smartphone manufacturers probably aren’t happy with this one. The Library of Congress has announced new anti-circumvention exceptions to the DMCA policies that legally allow people to jailbreak or root their phones.

Today I have designated six classes of works. Persons who circumvent access controls in order to engage in noninfringing uses of works in these six classes will not be subject to the statutory prohibition against circumvention.

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.

Engadget has linked to the full press release at the source link below.

[Copyright.gov via Engadget]

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