Is it illegal?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by cclloyd, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. cclloyd macrumors 68000

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    Is it illegal for me to use an app from installous because it worked when a normal copy didn't even if I paid for the real copy?

    Aka, I bought PvZ, and it didn't work. I downloaded an installous copy and it worked.
     
  2. AppleMaster9 macrumors regular

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    Technically, yes. It is illegal to download any app from installous. It is up to you to decide if you feel it is morally okay.
     
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    Yes it is, if you have any issues with an app you paid for, you can contact Apple Support, you can also contact the developer directly, they will adress your issue and make it work, in the worst case they can't, they will refund your money.
     
  5. labman macrumors 604

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    Is it illegal to download music torrents but you lost or broke the cd? In the eyes of law yes. Same thing
     
  6. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Morally, I think it's fine. He should try to contact the devs of PvZ or wait till someone here gives him a solution. If that doesn't work then just use the installous version.

    (I don't have installous on my 4S and I've never used it)


    They might not be willing to help when they find out he's jailbroken. You do have a point however. Maybe getting a refund is the right thing to do.
     
  7. kevintech macrumors 6502

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    It technically isn't illegal. Since he paid for the app, he has the right to make backup copies or use other copies of the app. OP I think you're good but I've never heard of an installous app working when an AppStore app didn't.
     
  8. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well by Installous, I mean I downloaded an uncracked IPA and put it where installous stores the files, then installed it through that. My guess is that there was some difference, maybe even just the version, idk, but it saw that I had purchased the app and so I guess it let it run.
     
  9. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Illegal, as in: ask a few of your older friends who remember Napster before and after the media kings pressed charges..;)
     
  10. 0m3ga macrumors 6502

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    i dont trust a single app from installous. too much of risk imo.
     
  11. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    I forget their is nothing in my profile defining my age !

    I'll be more specific !

    When these tweaks are born and put in cydia by the developer do they patent or trademark the tweak in any way in order to protect its usage and deployment ?

    Or are we meaning morally illegal ?

    Past cases against people allowing downloads/torrents of music and films and software was successful due to this material being covered by such distribution rights etc.
     
  12. Stormy05 macrumors member

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    I thought the apps were installed in a sandbox and were not much of a risk.
     
  13. appleofmy"i" macrumors regular

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    If you ever have to start a sentence with .."Is it illegal"...just go ahead and answer yourself
     
  14. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it is illegal.

    Your options are a refund from the developer or legal distributor, not downloading a modified version of the software from a pirate website.

    But you knew this already....
     
  15. EngageWithRage macrumors 6502

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    It's illegal, but everyone doe it so that makes it okay! lol;)
     
  16. labman macrumors 604

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A406 Safari/7534.48.3)

    (WRONG!)
     
  17. EngageWithRage macrumors 6502

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    Obviously my sarcasm was lost on you lol
     
  18. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a

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    surely if I've paid for a version of the software, I am entitled to install if if I want? just because MJ brought out a new album doesn't mean I have to bin the last one (although I probably should!!)
     
  19. socco macrumors regular

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    Nah, the same thing would be if he bought a CD that was already scratched or something and never worked to begin with. It would still be illegal, sure. But the chance of getting caught is almost zero and I see no problem morally.
     
  20. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, he can make a backup copy. But I'm pretty sure that the one he's getting from Installous isn't a backup of his copy. Also, I think that law may be restricted to a backup copy of audio / video media, not software. Either way, it's illegal, and totally ethical.

    I'm not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.
     
  21. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Yes you are entitled to install the software you purchased. The illegal cracked version downloaded is NOT what you legally purchased.

    No rationale allowed to justify the act. Sorry.
     
  22. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Music cd's are protected by copyright laws.

    Are the tweaks we are all talking about covered by the same legal laws.

    You could be prosecuted under law for copying music from a cd or downloading it from a torrent under law.

    Can the same be said of these tweaks ???
     
  23. kevintech macrumors 6502

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    You are most definitely not a lawyer because the law allows backup copies of any software you have purchased, and lawyers should know that.
     
  24. HickDead macrumors 6502a

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    It's only cheating (or stealing) if you get caught. :D
     

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