Now legal in the U.S.: Jailbreaking your iPhone, ripping a DVD for educational purposes

It’s no longer illegal under the DMCA to jailbreak your iPhone or bypass a DVD’s CSS in order to obtain fair use footage for educational purposes or criticism. These are the new rules that were handed down moments ago by the U.S. Copyright Office. This is really big. Like, really big.

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3 Reasons Legal Jailbreaking Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

The U.S. Copyright Office on Monday said it is no longer a copyright violation to jailbreak a smartphone or mobile device to add software or applications, including Apple (NSDQ:AAPL)'s now-iconic iPhone.
The copyright office's turnaround on the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prohibits users from circumventing smartphone makers' protections that allow only manufacturer-authorized applications and software was seen by many as a boon for the mobile industry. While Apple and other mobile heavyweights have long protested jailbreaking, claiming it can hurt device functionality, developers and industry watchers alike rejoiced Monday's ruling.

But could it all be for naught? Here are three reasons the U.S. Copyright Office lifting its prohibition of smartphone jailbreaking may not make much of a difference at all.

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You just need to convert your dvd and video to mp4 video, then you can add it to your iTunes library, plug in your iPhone to computer and sync your iPhone, that's all. If you need detailed info, here is a step by step guide at aneesoft for you, it's easy to understand and works pretty well for me