Ars technica summarizes
the latest round of the three-year DMCA exemption process. "The
new batch of exemptions illustrate the fundamentally arbitrary nature of
the DMCA's exemption process. For the next three years, you'll be allowed
to jailbreak smartphones but not tablet computers. You'll be able to unlock
phones purchased before January 2013 but not phones purchased after
that. It will be legal to rip DVDs to use an excerpt in a documentary, but
not to play it on your iPad."