The Library of Congress, which has the power to define exceptions to an important copyright law, said on Monday that it was legal to bypass a phone’s controls on what software it will run to get “lawfully obtained” programs to work.
App developers, rejoice! The Library of Congress has brought down the walls around Apple's walled garden. Developers can a) circumvent Apple's copyright restrictions to deliver non-Apple-approved apps to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch; and b) leverage the wireless connectivity provided by those devices.
Who knew the Library of Congress had such awesome power! It's news to me. Follow this link to read the ruling - for the impatient, go immediately to bullets (2) and (3).
Apple seemed bent on making itself the Mayberry of content. Let porn, gambling and pureplay ads reside on the Internet. Keep apps on the Apple platform squeaky clean and support Apple's premium positioning. Let Android be the place for everyone else's apps.
Who will benefit? Clear beneficiaries include:
- developers impatient with Apple's review process
- advertisers seeking a more direct appeal to audiences
- content creators who want unfettered creativity
- entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of what a the combination of high-speed wireless connection, GPS, gyroscope, touch screen and rich media can provide, and
- of course, porn, gambling and all the other naughty and nasty vices that are publicly condemned and privately enjoyed.