Confused over legality of unlocking and jailbreaking? The EFF has helped clarify

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With all this jailbreak and unlocking stuff happening within days of each other, some couldn’t help but be confused over it all. Is it illegal to unlock from carriers? Does unlocking include jailbreaking? Is jailbreaking still safe? Those were some of the many questions being thrown around. Well, in response to this, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released a statement about it. First and foremost, jailbreaking is still safe:

First, the good news. The legal shield for jailbreaking and rooting your phone remains up – it’ll protect us at least through 2015.

That’s some very good news, as the jailbreak has been hinted for this coming Sunday. However, for those of you looking to unlock your device from the increasingly money-hungry carriers, it gets a little less black and white:

The shield for unlocking your phone is down, but carriers probably aren’t going to start suing customers en masse, RIAA-style. And the Copyright Office’s decision, contrary to what some sensational headlines have said, doesn’t necessarily make unlocking illegal.

The EFF goes on to talk about how carriers are more likely to go after the companies that offer unlocks as opposed to those individuals that are actually unlocking their personal device. This would make more sense, as it wouldn’t be feasible to go after every individual person that unlocks their device.

What do you think? Does this help clear anything up? Glad to know the jailbreak is still on its way? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.

 

Via: 9to5Mac, EFF

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