Comments supporting DMCA jailbreaking exemption
February 8, 2012
Every three years the US Copyright office, examines whether it will renew certain exemptions to the DMCA. In 2009 we submitted arguments supporting the EFF’s petition for the exemption of jailbreaking from the DMCA. The Copyright office granted the exemption in 2010 which now expires at the end of 2012.
Although it seems a bit silly to have to do this every three years, we’re going to again file a brief supporting the exemption for jailbreaking, also known as “rooting.” EFF has more information here on the arguments and the process.
Based on feedback from developers around the Mozilla project, the brief will contend that rooting is important because it’s necessary to achieve competitive application performance on Android mobile platforms, to effectively debug applications, and for regression testing. In addition, it’s even more critical now as mobile devices surpass desktop, and Internet access increasingly comes from mobile platforms.
We plan to file our comments on Friday afternoon. If you have ideas or thoughts that could be incorporated in the brief, please let us know. Alternatively, you can file your own comments, or if your flavor is petitions go here.