Library of Congress Wants You to Root Your Android Phone

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The Library of Congress put out some interesting new exemptions today which include giving users the right to root/hack/jailbreak their phones, run them on another carrier, and install whatever “lawfully obtained” apps or software they choose to.  Seriously…

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.

Can I get a “Library of Congress FTW!”  (Professional, I know.)

You have to doubt that this will have any impact on Motorola’s decision to lock down their devices, but you may have some sort of action available to you should you choose to tamper with your Droid X and end up bricking it.  After all, you have the right to crack that bootloader!

Update: OK, that was a little over-dramatic: I just got caught up in the moment.  Please do not go crack on your DX.  As many of you have pointed out in the comments, Motorola still has the right to do as they please with their products.

Via:  Engadget, Apple Insider


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