TechCrunch has just reported that the U.S. Copyright Office has handed down new rules regarding the iPhone among other things. It would seem that it is now legal to jailbreak your iPhone in order to use legally obtained software (i.e. apps that are not provided in the app store) and it is now legal to jailbreak your iPhone in order to put it on a different network (i.e. T-Mobile). We’ll see how long it takes Apple to work around this.
There are also new rules regarding circumvention of encryption of video games, DVDs, and computer software for very specific reasons. This is very interesting and I’m sure I’ll be talking more about it as things shake out.
As always, read the new rules for yourself and consult legal counsel where necessary.