Jailbreak iPhone Still Legal but iPad has a Different Story - Apple users are well aware about jailbreaking as you need to get your iPhone or other Apple products jailbroken for various reasons. However, the question is not how to get your iPhone jailbroken but if it jailbreaking is legal or not. Latest development in this issue has arrived today as the Library of Congress has issued a notification stating that according to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) jailbreaking is legal.
The ruling has been carried out for those DMCA exemptions that have already expired. Keeping this fact in mind, the body has ruled out new exemptions and according to the new rulings, jailbreaking is still legal. However, this creates some complications about the issue as well.
Jailbreak iPhone Still Legal but iPad has a Different Story
There was never any doubt that jailbreaking is illegal but there was always a risk involved because Apple could have taken a legal action against jailbreaking at any time to announce it illegal. Anyways, according to latest development, jailbreaking is not illegal in anyway.
The list of exemptions include iPhone clearly so iPhone jailbreaking is not illegal however judges were not certain about tablets so iPad is not included in the list of exempted devices.
A common practice among smartphone users is to unlock their phones so they can switch between carriers or use those phones in other countries. In the latest exemption list, unlocking the smartphones has not been added which means that from now onwards, smartphone unlocking is illegal.
There is no confirmed decision about iPad so far. It simply means that nothing about iPad jailbreaking can be said with certainty. Perhaps, we will have to wait and see if the governing body announces iPad jailbreaking legal or the decision is taken other way around.