Last month, the EFF filed a request with the Copyright Office to renew the exemption to the DMCA that allows for jailbreaking (otherwise it will expire) and to add a new exemption to allow jailbreaking of video game consoles. Now they need your assistance.
How You Can Help
The Copyright Office needs to hear from people who depend on the ability to jailbreak to write, use, and/or tinker with independent software (from useful apps to essential security fixes) for smartphones, tablets, and game consoles.
Comments should include:
● Which jailbreaking exemption are you supporting-smartphones/tablets, video game consoles, or both?
● What's your background (i.e., are you a developer, hobbyist, academic, independent researcher, user, etc.)?
● What device do you want to ensure you have the legal authority to jailbreak?
● Please explain why you want to jailbreak this device. What limitations do you face if you aren't able to jailbreak it? Is there software you couldn't run, computing capabilities you wouldn't have, cool things you couldn't do, etc.?
● If you're a developer, did an online application store or console manufacturer reject your app or game? If so, what reasons did they give?
● Is there anything else you want to tell the Copyright Office?
You can use this to submit your comments to the Copyright Office. Where the form says "Comment number(s) of proposed classes of works to which you are responding," enter a "3" if you're writing about game consoles or a "5" if you're writing about smartphones or tablets.
The cutoff for submitting comments is February 10 at 5 PM Eastern Time. Make sure to email a copy of your comment to the EFF at firstname.lastname@example.org so that they know what you're saying.
Your help in this regard will ensure a vibrant and legal iPhone jailbreak community and prevent corporations such as Sony from attacking hackers who free our devices.
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