Monday, May 25, 2015

DMCA Jailbreak Rules Could Make Jailbreaking Illegal

DMCA jailbreak rules will be one of the topics of Copyright Office triennial that will is organized on May 21.

For those who are not familiar with The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, then it is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works.

Cydia creator Jay Freeman will be there to fight for iOS devices owners right to jailbreak. But each of us can pledge our support by signing the petition put together by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It says that millions of people jailbreak the their devices, in order to run the software they want on their own terms. It also adds that jailbreaking is an important part of how we interact with our devices.

But later this month, Librarian of Congress and DMCA can change jailbreak rules. They could decide to make jailbreaking illegal, casting the future of the jailbreak community into jeopardy. If you want to prevent it you need to sign the petition on the EFF’s website.

It is really simple, just enter your email address, full name, and ZIP code. Almost 22,000 people have already pledged their support, but the more signatures the EFF can get, the harder it will be for the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress to make jailbreaking a crime and change DMCA jailbreak rules.

Jay Freeman, creator of Cydia together with Kyle Wiens of iFixit, Catherine Gellis of Digital Age Defense, and Mitch Stoltz of the EFF will be a proponents at the hearing on May 21.


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