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Help the EFF defend rooting smartphones, tablets, and game consoles

EffSection 1201 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) states, "No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under [copyright protection and management systems]." This is a law to stop people from trying to find a way around copyright protection.

But some device manufacturers believe that Section 1201 of the DMCA states that rooting/jailbreaking/general modding of smartphones is illegal. Yes, illegal. 

Now, we all know who bought this HTC EVO 4G and 3D that I possess. Me. Not HTC. Not Sprint. I'm the end user and I believe I should be able to do whatever I want with this phone.

As a matter of fact, in 2010, smartphone modding was deemed legal. Since then, us modders, themers, and developers have lived in peace. 

However, the bill that stated rooting was legal is about to expire. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who protected Trevor Eckhart after he revealed the madness that ended up being Carrier IQ, is trying to get the bill protecting rooting renewed. Not only that, but they want to add tablets and video game consoles to the bill. 

If you would like to help, then heed the words of the EFF: "The Copyright Office needs to hear from people who depend on the ability to jailbreak to write, use, and/or tinker with independent software." If that's you and you feel like making a difference, here's the link

[Electronic Frontier Foundation]
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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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8 thoughts on “Help the EFF defend rooting smartphones, tablets, and game consoles

  • This is like Chevy would consider it illegal if I change rims and supercharge my Camaro. WTH are these people thinking. Don’t even get me started on Sony! They took away my ability to install another os on it and they have not added any features or improved the product. I should ne able to do with it as I wish. I bought it, not rented it.

  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    Yup the world is gonna implode. Can’t google, download, root share music and what next? can’t love yourself?

  • Avatar of GadgetGeek

    This is a sign of the end times…first megaupload is taken away, and then all the other file sharing sites stop allowing file sharing, and now we can’t root our phones…the Mayans predicted this would all occur in 2012..

  • Avatar of Thomas

    Who cares. If you seriously waste your time rooting or flashing your devices, then you’re doing it wrong.

  • Avatar of guy who roots and flashes devices


  • Avatar of CheezeCracker

    Speaking of EFF, saw this on, you can support EFF with the latest Humble Bundle, Four Games PC,Linux,OSX and now …

    First ever “the Humble Bundle” for ANDROID

  • The legislation can write all the laws they want but the bottomline is, for as long as the people bought their devices (which mean they own it) they pretty much have the liberty to tinker around with it. I don’t think they could prohibit that.


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