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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 Nov 4, 2012 2:26 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica) by zlynx
Parent article: Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets (ars technica)

I use my tablet as a video phone all the time with Skype and Google Hangout. I could install VOIP software or pay for a Skype phone number and then ... it's a phone. Isn't it?

It may very well be a phone in that case, and subject to the "telephone handset" exemption. On the other hand, if you can't get one hand around it, maybe that makes it not a handset.

In any case, I don't think the Librarian of Congress would be upset if your tablet were exempted. The devices that people argued against giving an exemption were ones that you couldn't run Skype on, like an e-reader designed for the specific purpose of giving limited access to e-book content. Those would have been covered in the proposed definitions of tablet.


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