Jailbreak iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.4

The US Library of Congress on Tuesday issued a set of exemptions to the notorious circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The provision makes it illegal for users to circumvent restrictions put in place by manufacturers, but every three years, the Copyright Office has the ability to grant exemptions to products and practices.

This year’s exemptions are far-reaching, granting permission to tinker with everything from smart TVs to vehicles, but the part we’re most interested in has to do with jailbreaking. The US government not only renewed the ability to jailbreak smartphones, but it added tablets into the mix. So for all intents and purposes, it’s now legal to jailbreak your iPad.

In October 2012, the last time the Copyright Office ruled on the DMCA exemptions, the The Register of Copyrights said that he felt that the term “tablet” was too broad to rule on, so he didn’t include it. This time, however, The Register felt that the category of “all-purpose mobile computing devices” had been meaningfully defined by the EFF and other proponents.

Accordingly, based on the Register’s recommendation, the Librarian adopts the following exemption:

Computer programs that enable smartphones and portable all- purpose mobile computing devices to execute lawfully obtained software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications with computer programs on the smartphone or device, or to permit removal of software from the smartphone or device. For purposes of this exemption, a “portable all-purpose mobile computing device” is a device that is primarily designed to run a wide variety of programs rather than for consumption of a particular type of media content, is equipped with an operating system primarily designed for mobile use, and is intended to be carried or worn by an individual.

If you want to learn more about the new DMCA exemptions, you can read the full document here.

Of course, today’s news couldn’t have come at a better time. Earlier this month, an unexpected jailbreak was released for all devices running iOS 9 (though it was subsequently killed by iOS 9.1). For more information on what jailbreaking is, check out our official Jailbreak page. Or, if you’re ready to jump in, you can find our step-by-step iOS 9 jailbreak tutorial here.

  • Wood1030

    Hmmmmm, I wonder what happen if there was a class action law suit against Apple (and or cellular carriers) and for that matter, App developers that restrict jailbroken devices, for aggressively restricting and denying paying users the RIGHT to Jailbreak their iDevices, that we’ve paid good money for, yet, have to, in the cloak of subterfuge and smoke and mirrors, jump through hoops to get and maintain a working jailbreak.

    The drama continues.

    • Apple has no obligation to make it easier for you to jailbreak. Just because it is legal doesn’t mean companies should facilitate the process.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps not, but we got friends in china for that! =]

      • Wood1030

        Well, by denying the right to service a jailbroken device, I’d say Apple is taking a firm stand against jailbreaking.

        BTW, I was only phrasing my question as a hypothetical, not as an absolute of what they should be doing. 🙂

      • Rowan09

        If you root some Android device it voids the warranty as well. Apple has a right to protect itself and not servicing jailbroken devices is a part of its right.

      • Antzboogie

        Apple could and should make it happen. They would make it safer for everyone as well. Im just happy to hear this great news!!

      • Montgomery Tyler

        That’s true, but if they were smart, they should, it would be good for there numbers to increase on sales.

    • techfreak23

      If it’s in the TOS, they have every right to block jailbroken devices from their services, as much as it sucks. Take Snapchat for example. They tried that, but then soon realized that it was a mistake as there was a lot of backlash from the community for that move.

  • 919263

    All good points, but the fact is, once you own the device you should be able to do anything to it, bar physical modifications and the manufacturer should service the device without the status of the OS on it. JB/Unlock is a software alteration, and if the tweaks are from a reliable source i.e. Cydia, then even if a device is Jailbroken, the Manufacturer should not be able to deny service as nothing is changed on the device except the software, and THAT is ALWAYS reversible…

    • Morgan Freeman

      But you don’t own the software. Apple does.

      • BillA

        ^^ God has spoken… lol

      • 919263

        Hi Morgan, you may not exactly be right. The software is provided under a license agreement. Although no one has probably read the whole Million page document, but essentially it binds you down like a turkey about to be cooked in a deep frier. BUT, Common Sense understanding is that the software may not be copied, or used on unlicensed devices or devices NOT owned by Apple (Now this is a catch 22, we just got this jailbreaking thing done) So Apple gives us the rights to use the software ONLY on the i-device, which we are doing. No one is trying to copy the software and use it on a non-idevice. Legalizing Jailbreaking has just made it official that we can Modify the software, install additional apps and tweaks, but we have been doing this for years on other platforms, i.e. windows… We install what we want, configure the OS the way we want, Uninstall apps and features we Dont want and all the i-Devices have been termed as Mini Computers, so why does it have to be different with these. If I have paid full price for the device, it is MINE… I can shoot it with e 50 Caliber Bullet… We have seen this happen, Dunk it in water… drop it from 30 feet… Whatever we want to do…