New DRM Rules Allow For iPhone Unlocking

Here are the new DRM rules that differ the previous law suite that only allowed for a used phone to be unlocked. It is now legal to get your devices repaired from third-party services.

The US Copyright Office has also made some changes to the legal exemption to the DMCA which makes it authentic to unlock new phones, giving everyone the right to jailbreak and modify their voice-assistant devices, and also allow third-parties to jailbreak or customize your voice-assistant powered devices.

Most companies have removed tinkerers and hackers from modifying their voice-assistant devices or unlocking smartphones by citing section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), although once every three years, citizens can petition for certain exemptions under this section.

As highlighted in this post, the new DMCA ruling which comes into effect from October 28 makes lives easier for hackers and tinkers. Below are all the notable changes:

  • All voice-assistant devices powered by Alexa, Google Assistant, or any other assistant can now be jailbroken.
  • It is now legal to unlock your new phone. Previously, the law only allowed for used phones to be unlocked.
  • It is now legal to get your devices repaired from third-party services.
  • Home appliances and devices abandoned or bricked by OEMs can now be fixed by users.
  • It is now perfectly legal to repair cars, tractors, and other motorized vehicles via software modifications.

It was not a perfect victory though.

  • It is still illegal to get your game console like PS4 or Xbox One repaired from third-party services.
  • Software modifications on products other than smartphones, motorized land vehicles still cannot be modified.
  • HDCP protection cannot be bypassed.

The aforementioned notice is definitely a big win for the gadget repair community as they would now be able to get their new phones unlocked and even modify their voice-assistant devices to their liking. You will find more details over here at iFixit.

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