Today in Mobile

Apple’s iron-fisted control of the iPhone world was loosened slightly today when the Library of Congress declared the practice of jailbreaking doesn’t violate copyright law. Jailbreaking, or unlocking the device, was ruled to be an exemption from federal law that bars users from bypassing the technical measures used by manufacturers to control their use. Apple will still be allowed to disabled jailbroken phones with software upgrades, and as Liz notes here there are still questions about whether jailbreaking is legal, so today’s ruling may not amount to much immediately. But it will be very interesting to see whether today’s ruling is the first step down the path of loosening Apple’s grip on the iPhone ecosystem.