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It’s Legal For You to Unlock Your iPhone But Not Your iPad. Huh?

What a crazy world we live in, thanks to the copyright police. An article over on Ars Technical shows just how screwed up our copyright system is here in the U.S., thanks to the DMCA. One example – it is legal to jailbreak your iPhone, but not your iPad.

Under the DMCA, the Librarian of Congress has the authority to grant exemptions under the DMCA. Ars Technica sums up some of the zaniness:

For the next three years, you’ll be allowed to jailbreak smartphones but not tablet computers. You’ll be able to unlock phones purchased before January 2013 but not phones purchased after that. It will be legal to rip DVDs to use an excerpt in a documentary, but not to play it on your iPad.

One other change to current law is that it won’t be legal for you to unlock a phone that you purchase after January 2013.

Although I believe that content creators deserve to be compensated for their work, I agree with the Ars Technica take on the issue, which points out that copyright law is often used as a pretext for limiting competition.

What is your take on the issue?

Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets [Ars Technica]