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EFF pushes for jailbreak rights




EFF pushes for jailbreak rights
EFF pushes for jailbreak rights



http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2234110/eff-pushes-jailbreak-rights 

By Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
vnunet.com
16 Jan 2009

Americans hoping to hack their mobile handsets may soon have help in the 
form of legal shelter.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is pressing lawmakers to amend the 
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to provide protections for users 
who wish to change built-in carrier settings or software locks on their 
phones.

Commonly known as "jailbreaking," the process involves removing hardware 
or software protections that limit the handset to a single carrier or 
software service. The practice received widespread attention when 
thousands of iPhone users performed the procedure on their handsets.

The EFF is hoping to add an exemption to the DMCA which would protect 
users who perform the procedure on their handsets. Currently, the act 
forbids users from manipulating or otherwise circumventing components 
that protect copyright.

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