Jailbreaking Exemption Law Could Expire Soon

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  1. macbookman83 macrumors 6502

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  2. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    Doesn't matter if a law is enacted or not. If you own the phone, you can do with it as you please, including destroying it.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    True, but if JB becomes illegal Apple can go after The Dev Team or any hacker that works, creates or distributes JB software.
    Kinda like Sony went after Geohot and tried to sue him for millions of dollars in damages and requested all his computers and hard drives etc...
    Its kinda hard to hack and release JB tools when you have big court cases and huge lawyers fee's to worry about.
     
  4. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    Won't effect anyone outside the US, even if it did pass. So all of our dev team members in France, Germany, UK, etc... Can do as they please, including host the servers there. And this won't stop any of the hackers in the US from working on the code.

    That should be a last ditch option mind you, as this law is ridiculous and should be snuffed out.
     
  5. jesuispizza macrumors regular

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    Oh ya? Tell that to the guys who ran megaupload.com
     
  6. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    Servers were in the US. And jailbreaking a phone does not equate to piracy, as in megauploads case. Additionally, I don't believe in of the dev or chronic team are known felons, as in the case of Erik dotcom.

    Comparing jailbreaking to megaupload is a bit of a stretch.
     
  7. labman macrumors 604

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    I agree with on some points but I still think it.s better if things are kept the way it is now. However also for others keep in mind that the law was in place when Sony went after Geohot. I still think it's better to have some laws protecting the right to jailbreak then none. I know I signed it because of that simple reason.
     
  8. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Don't kid yourself. US law impacts people in other countries all the time. Ask
    Richard O'Dwyer if TVShack was a good idea and if the US anti piracy laws caused him any grief...
     
  9. 4sFanatic macrumors regular

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    I STILL watch free PPV MMA on my pc every weekend and no one tries harder to protect his stuff than Dana White.
     
  10. heisenberg123, Jan 27, 2012
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    MLB and UEFA protect their stuff even more than Dana White

    atleast Dana White's product is PPV, the other 2 sports are broadcasted for free in their local areas but try and get a stream of one online is a challange

    back to the jailbreaking point, this is total BS apple has every right to use their systems and servers to try and flag jailbroken devices to ban them from the app store or itunes or what have you, but to go after developers is a bit much.

    when someone commits a "crime" you go after the offender not the peolpe who manufacture the "thing" used to committ that crime


    that would be like going after Beretta everytime someone was shot, or Benchmade everytime someone was stabbed

    oh wait lets go after Sony everytime a lowlife makes child p0rn on his handycam
     
  11. macbookman83 macrumors 6502

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    It's funny how we can go out against "pirates" and media giants but will NEVER go after corporate cheats and crooks that steals billions of dollars from people worldwide.
     
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    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you.
    Its always a good thing for that exemption law to be around.
    You never know what strings some of these multi-billion dollar companies can pull.
    They have lots of money and power that can reach anywhere in the world.
    I co-signed it also. :)
     
  13. swiftbmx macrumors regular

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    I agree to an extent but remove the "dealer" and the crime doesn't exist, i.e. illegal narcotics.
     
  14. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    And it appears you are proud you are a thief as well. Nice
     
  15. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Jailbreaking is not a crime - Exception set to expire

    https://www.eff.org/pages/jailbreaking-not-crime-tell-copyright-office-free-your-devices
    The exception given in 2010 is set to expire this year unless it is renewed. Figure I would post this hear to help get some word out and for more people to raise hell about it so it continues not to be a crime.
    We all know that companies like Apple, other manufactures, and carriers would love to have it be made a crime to lock it down.

    So I say raise hell write congressman and senators to prevent it from changing.
     
  16. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Honestly, how is this even an issue? Do the people who distribute the Jailbreak software distribute any of Apple's code? I'm not sure about other devices, but I'm fairly certain that's not the case with iOS jailbreak tools.

    That being the case, it boggles the mind that this is even a copyright issue.

    Am I just totally missing something?
     
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    But what a company like Apple will try to do is make it in the EUL that you can not modify the software (aka jailbreak). Right now Apple can not do that.
    Apple I could see the one leading the charge to shut down jailbreakers and rooters. Apple would be the one going after the group the most aggressively followed by the Carriers.
     
  18. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I can understand why Apple and the carriers don't want people screwing with the software. And while I don't think it's outside of their right to make the software technically harder to crack, I think the case that it should be illegal to do so is going right over my head.

    Ok so I bought my iPhone (yes, the phone is subsidized, but you pay for that over time over the course of your contract), why should it be illegal for me, or anyone else, to tweak their phone? Apple, of course, would not be obligated to service a phone if they found evidence of tampering. But as far as legality goes, it's my phone, if I'm not stealing software, then why shouldn't I be able to modify it.

    I realize that I'm probably preaching to the choir, I'm just trying to figure out what the rationale behind the fact that this type of tweaking would fall under copyright law, or any law for that matter. I mean, if I hack my toaster oven, the copyright police aren't going to come crashing through the door. (The EMT would probably be taking care of that, as I have no idea how to safely meddle with a toaster, but thats an entirely different issue all together. :p)
     
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    I agree it's apples to oranges, I was simply making a point based on the fact that the people who ran it were from outside of the US, and they're trying to extradite them to the US.
     
  20. danahn17 macrumors 6502

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    I hope it gets renewed...

    In my opinion though, Id think it's in Apples best interest to allow Jail breaking. I mean, haven't they hired some of the jail breakers?
     
  21. quagmire macrumors 603

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    You own the hardware, but jail breaking is software related in which you don't own, but only pay for a license to use it.
     
  22. maflynn Moderator

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    People were jail breaking their phones before this law, and if it expires they'll be doing the same afterwards. I see this not affecting those want to jail break one iota.
     
  23. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    That's already in the Software License Agreement:

    When jailbreaking first started, Steve Jobs virtually bragged about it, because it meant that people were taking a big interest in the iPhone. It was sort of a "wink wink" - we prohibit it but it's cool kind of thing.

    Then the first earnings call hit where Apple admitted that (IIRC) something like 20% of the phones sold were being unlocked to use on carriers other than ATT. (That's unlocked... far more were being just jailbroken.)

    Remember, there was no subsidy the first year... Apple sold the iPhone for less but made it up with monthly royalties from ATT. No royalties = less profit.

    Futhermore, about that time Jobs was being talked into allowing third party apps the next year. Jailbroken phones didn't rely on his iTunes walled garden.

    It seemed like after that earnings call, Apple really bent over backwards to stop jailbreaks. Their revenue was at stake and the word was out. Jailbreaking was no longer seen as cool by Apple.
     

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