Library Of Congress Ruled Jailbreaking And Unlocking As Legal For Smart Devices

Ali Salman
Posted 12 months ago

Since Pangu released the jailbreak for iOS 9, some of us may question if it is legal or not. Fortunately, the Librarian of Congress has coined the notion that jailbreaking your smartphone, smart tablet and smart TV are legal. It’s not just the jailbreaking, which has been exempted as being legal, but unlocking your cell phone, wearable, tablet or any other kind of portable device is legal as well.

The exemption has been made to the DMCA’s statutory regulation against bypassing of the technological computations on behalf of the Register of Copyrights by the Librarian of Congress.

Below are some of the additional details relating to the jailbreaking and unlocking of technological devices, which have been granted as being legal.

Unlocking And Jailbeaking Pronounced Legal By The Library Of Congress

The Librarian of Congress exempts the computer programs that enable cell phones, tablet computers, portable mobile connectivity devices and wearables to connect to wireless telecommunication network, when the circumvention occurs in order to connect to a wireless network and the connection is authorized by the network operator. Moreover, if a device is legally obtained and activated from wireless telecommunication networks, it is ”used” in line with the exemption.


Considering the jailbreak exemption on the ground of the Register’s recommendation, computer programs that allows smartphones and other computing devices to operate legally acquired software applications, whose sole purpose is to transact information with other computer programs on smart devices. Furthermore the circumvention is also accomplished for the removal of software from the smart devices that include smartphone, smart tablets and more.

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The portable devices part of the jailbreak exemption are the ones that have the ability to run a wide array of programs and applications and does not solely rest for a specific type of media consumption. These smart devices are packed with mobile use operating systems that can be either carried or worn by an individual user.

In the case of smart televisions exemptions, bypassing computer programs that operate the legally acquired software for the purposes of exchanging information with other computer programs on smart televisions.

The Library of Congress has provided a favorable decision for jailbreakers. While previously, the jailbreaking of tablets was ruled as being illegal. The library of Congress also ruled about additional technological gadgets like gaming consoles and automobiles. You can read out the complete ruling from here. As for now, share your thoughts about the favorable jailbreak ruling in the comments.

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