Attack of the Fanboy

Electronic Frontier Foundation Lobbying For Console/Tablet Jailbreaks

by William Schwartz


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is taking up a new cause, and lobbying for the exemption of video game consoles to have the same freedoms that were won for the iPhone.  The lobbyist group is looking to get the same treatment for smartphones, electronic tablets, and video game consoles as the iPhone has under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  What this means is that owners of these devices would be free to use their devices in any way that they see fit, and not just using the operating systems that are approved by the manufacturer.

Consoles running jailbreaks are alive and well, just do a quick google search and you’ll find numerous sites that promote custom firmwares for all of the major consoles, that allow the devices to do numerous things.  However, the people that make these custom firmwares and jailbreaks are always running the risk of a lawsuit, which we saw in the case of Sony v. George Hotz.

The EFF has prepared their case for the DMCA exemption requests and you can read the full version here.

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