illegal to stop jailbreaking?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by WiiMarioHacker, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. WiiMarioHacker macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    I have been pondering this question: Is Apple doing something illegal by trying to stop jailbreaking? Jailbreaking was just OK'ed by the government, so Apple is breaking the law, right?
  2. ohaithar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2010
    Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
    No, it's their product, Apple can do whatever the hell they want to it
  3. brayhite macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky


    This has been discussed to death. The basics:
    while it's legal to do, does not mean Apple may not take steps to prohibit you from doing it. E.g. it's legal to smoke cigarettes provided you are over 18, but a restaurant may bar you from their dining room area if you smoke.
  4. WiiMarioHacker thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    I still find it interesting that when jail-breaking is legal, Apple goes at end to stop it, thus, going against the Government's new law.
  5. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Apple still designs and manufactures the iDevice line, meaning they have all rights to control what content is legally placed on the device.

    The fact of the government passing the new law just means that you won't get prosecuted for having a jailbroken device.

    Apple can still control if you jailbreak or not though
  6. Block macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    The ruling just said that jailbreaking is not in violation of the DMCA. It stated nothing else about other laws it could possibly break and did not grant it any other special exemptions. It basically stated what had been known all along.
  7. KFujiwara macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    The only thing the new rule does is clarify that it is not copyright infringement to jailbreak your iOS device (or rooting other devices). Basically, Apple can't sue you for jailbreaking by claiming it as breaking copyright. Apple still has every right to prevent jailbreaking since iOS is their software platform.

    EDIT: Looks like you beat me to it.
  8. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
  9. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    The FCC just took a position that it deems it legal under current laws. Doesn't mean it can't be tested or new laws enacted. All it means is men with guns won't put you in a cage. It doesn't apply to what Apple may or may not do.

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