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Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica)

Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica)

Posted Oct 29, 2012 13:02 UTC (Mon) by njwhite (guest, #51848)
Parent article: Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica)

Eugh, what horrible legislation. The only sane response to such laws is to ignore them. Which it seems everybody does anyway.

The idea that the only way to get a digital version of a book is to do so with phone-home drm is awful. The idea that removing that misfeature is an offense is so much worse.

DRM pushes many more towards unregulated p2p redistribution, which is probably a good thing, except that it doesn't address the question of compensating the creators (though for some industries, such as music, apparently nor do the traditional distributors).


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Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica)

Posted Oct 29, 2012 14:34 UTC (Mon) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Eugh, what horrible legislation. The only sane response to such laws is to ignore them. Which it seems everybody does anyway.

Not everyone. Individuals often don't care, but businesses have no choice: it's way too easy to bring down any business if it does something illegal. Dura lex sed lex.

Of course this approach is very dangerous long-term: when you teach the whole country to ignore some [crazy] law you in effect teach that it's Ok to ignore law in principle - and this is extremely dangerous.

Does the future inability to keep control over country worth some additional $$ for Hollywood now - that's the question.


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