For once in my life, I like the government. The LoC has determined that jailbreaking or unlocking your mobile device is completely legal. There’s not much more to say than that. Ever since the first iPhone jailbreak appeared, legality was a question in everyone’s mind. You own the device, shouldn’t you be able to modify it in any way you see fit? The LoC thinks so.
The biggest part of this ruling is the potential that Apple will need to extend their warranties to the unlocked/jailbroken community. If there is no longer a gray area, there’s no longer any reason that Apple should deny those users service. Obviously, there is a large debate coming that will hopefully allow us to use our phones as they were initially intended.
Apple’s biggest fear is that we, the users, will completely mess up our phones with jailbreaking software. In the time I’ve known the Dev-Team, I’ve realized they’re out for the best. None of them would ever release software that deliberately bricked our devices. They’ve always taken their time in developing the best software and only released when they were comfortable deploying it to thousands of devices. There’s always risk… there’s risk in turning your device on… there’s risk getting out of bed in the morning. Understanding those risks and choosing to push through them will help us live the best lives possible. Sorry to get philosophical on you, but that applies to our lives and our technology. Long live the Jailbreak!