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'Rooting' Our Tablets Now Illegal

2013-01-27, 15:42 PM

Hello Everyone,

Has anyone else read this article ?

 

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/jailbreaking-now-legal-under-dmca-for-smartphones-but-not-tablets/

 

David  :manfrustrated:

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Re: 'Rooting' Our Tablets Now Illegal

2013-01-27, 16:48 PM

wrote:

Hello Everyone,

Has anyone else read this article ?

 

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/jailbreaking-now-legal-under-dmca-for-smartphones-but-not-tablets/

 

David  :manfrustrated:


There is a distinction here between rooting an Android tablet, and "jailbreaking" an Apple tablet, and the law here is focused more on the latter.  In the case of Android, I am allowed to download and install applications that were not obtained through the Google Play Store (in fact, they even give you a setting to allow it), whereas you are not permitted to install non-App Store apps on an iPad.  To do that, you have do the equivalent of rooting in iOS, and that's the part that the exceptions permitted by this law now allow for phones, but not necessarily tablets (mostly because the term "tablet" is too ill-defined).

 

In fact, this new ruling actually LOOSENs the restrictions, so it's not like jailbreaking is all of a sudden illegal.  Rather, it's been illegal, and this new ruling starts to allow it for certain devices (but not iPads).

 

That being said, rooting your Android tablet MAY invalidate your warranty!

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Re: 'Rooting' Our Tablets Now Illegal

2013-01-27, 22:53 PM

Dear mclandytm,

Your comment's surely make a lot of sense, as far as me 'rooting' my A2109, so far I still haven't been able to get that accomplished. I'm thinking maybe my tablet is trying to tell me something, I guess the bottom line is...people are still going to do what they want (within reason).

David  :manindifferent:

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Re: 'Rooting' Our Tablets Now Illegal

2013-02-02, 4:08 AM

You have nothing to worry about with the A2109.  Lenovo gives you a way to unlock the bootloader (via fastboot).  There's no reverse engineering or "hacking" required to do it.  Besides, Lenovo's always been relatively friendly towards developers and rooting, it's not like they're gonna suddenly start suing us.

 

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Re: 'Rooting' Our Tablets Now Illegal

2013-02-12, 11:21 AM
Dear mcl630,
So far I still haven't tried anymore to'root' my good ole A2109, the installed software seems to work adequately for my need's, especially compared to the software that came installed on my previous tablet (viewsonic gtablet), it was terrible.
Maybe one day when I get the'urge' to try'modifying' again.. I'll try again.
David
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