Should tech 'jailbreaking' be legal?

A recent US inquiry has the potential to legalise users cracking the encryption within their devices, but will any move on the jailbreaking front actually impact tech companies?

Yesterday US copyright regulators opened up the floodgates for a public hearing (PDF) of proposals to change copyright law, including authorising the cracking of tablets, DVDs, gaming consoles and mobile phones.

Every three years, the US Copyright Office mulls over requests to create temporary loopholes in the law that forbids circumventing encryption in the things we buy.

Changes to those loopholes have the potential to mean a lot to George Hotz.



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