Sources: Library of Congress, EFF
quote: But keep in mind the 5 years/500K first offense, 10 years/1M second offense are the max for those who sell the jailbreaking software itself .
quote: Let's throw people in jail for making lock breaking tools too I guess. Because people can use them to break into homes and stuff.
quote: So we end up with the insanity of single mothers facing million dollar fines, and actual prolonged jail time, because they sat at home and downloaded 4 songs. Or being thrown in jail because you unlocked features on a phone!
quote: I think the most offensive one I heard recently is a man being thrown in jail, a military veteran I might add, because his yard was too messy. Seriously what has happened to this country?
quote: And thousands of politicians adding to these laws because the public views passing laws as an indicator of political effectiveness.
quote: user End License Agreements as undermining the fair use argument asserted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
quote: People who violate the EULA are not prosecuted as criminals, they are sued.
quote: So it would be illegal to put Linux (or some other OS) on a Windows RT tablet.
quote: but under your license agreement, you do not own its operating system software.
quote: And in its latest review, the LoC's Librarian sided with OEMs like Apple
quote: After reexamining the original article, it looks like unlocking is what actually carries these stipulations. Jailbreaking, for lawful purposes, will remain legal until at least 2015, and unlocking a phone in order to switch carriers is what can only be done with phones purchased before January. After that, it's up to whether the carrier allows it or not.
quote: The Librarian did offer up a permanent exception for jailbreaking on smartphones.
quote: The new ruling bans unlocking in cases where the device maker (e.g. Apple) does not authorize it.