Saturday, February 14, 2009

Apple sez jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned - Boing Boing

Apple may be following the law correctly here. This is just the latest in a long line of examples proving that the law has reproducible bugs and needs to be patched.
Apple sez jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned - Boing Boing

Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking. This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.

Apple's iPhone, now the best-selling cellular phone in the U.S., has been designed with restrictions that prevent owners from running applications obtained from sources other than Apple's own iTunes App Store. "Jailbreaking" is the term used for removing these restrictions, thereby liberating your phone from Apple's software "jail." Estimates put the number of iPhone owners who have jailbroken their phones in the hundreds of thousands.
Regardless of the validity of Apple's legal position (IANAL, check Groklaw if you want an informed legal opinion) Apple is NOT doing the right thing here to be lobbying to keep bugs in place.

I say this as a long time Apple individual user, customer, evangelist, and enterprise user.

And I say this as a citizen of the USA, and of the Internet, and of the world:

Apple, cut it out!

What Apple should do is NOT lobby to make it illegal to run whatever software you want on a computer you bought from Apple. (Of course Apple has no responsibility to support you if you go hacking on their software and muck it up.)

Freedom to tinker!

Free culture!


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