Panel Decriminalizes "Jailbreaking"
A government panel Monday ruled that owners of the iPhone can not be punished for illegally unlocking their devices to add unapproved applications, the AP reported.
The Copyright Office, a devision of the Library of Congress, adds exemptions to 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to make jailbreaking a form of fair use.
The move had been opposed by Apple, but supported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other activists. No one in the U.S. has ever been prosecuted for jailbreaking an iPhone, although Apple has disabled phones through software updates.