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  • EFF Prevails Over Apple in Jailbreak Showdown



    On Monday, much to the delight of the jailbreak/modding community, the Federal government has reached a decision making it possible for iPhone owners to "legally "break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple." Although the questionable "legality" of such actions never inhibited many from doing so, the Federal Government is now formally sanctioning the actions under new rules announced just today.

    This outcome, of course, (which may not necessarily apply to the iPad) is far from an arbitrary development. For well over a year, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has lobbied the government to move in this direction. Since Apple formally declared jailbreaking illegal, Rock (who approached EFF first), was promptly joined in support by Saurik, Planetbeing, Cydia, Mozilla, Skype, and others who have openly spoken out in favor of the eventuality that finally set in today.

    Apple (a "jealous and arbitrary feudal lord," according to the EFF) has staunchly opposed Jailbreaking on claims of copyright protection. As a result, the Cupertino-based tech giant has long been at odds with the EFF and its position that consumers should be able to run any application including those that Apple doesn't approve of. Today, however, the Federal Government sided with the EFF and effectively authorized "jailbreaking," which comes as one of a few important new exemptions from a federal law "that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works."

    Every three years the Library of Congress "authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material." Additional exemptions will:

    — allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

    — allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

    — allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.

    — allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.


    It should be noted, however, as reported by Bloomberg, that iPhone users "still may risk voiding their warranties if they make changes to the device in order to get applications not approved by Apple." That assessment comes from Brian Marshall, a technology analyst with Gleacher & Co in San Francisco. “This happens quite frequently with people who want to change the format on the phone and have more flexibility, but when you do that you void the warranty,” Marshall told Bloomberg.

    Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: EFF Prevails Over Apple in Jailbreak Showdown started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 122 Comments
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      Man, this just isn't Apples month is it? Lovin' It!!!!
    1. jimmsch's Avatar
      jimmsch -
      Apple (a "jealous and arbitrary feudal lord," according to the EFF)...

      LOVE IT!!
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      shut up. besides this moron this is great.
      This coming from a little kid with patrick swayze on his signature.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by thinknoffcenter View Post
      Man, this just isn't Apples month is it? Lovin' It!!!!
      Not just Apple. This is bigger than just them. All phone makers are effected.
    1. yastrebb's Avatar
      yastrebb -
      woooooohoooooooooo jay rock on
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      ^ what is jay rock?
    1. BustAGroove's Avatar
      BustAGroove -
      How much you want to bet that Apple is going to appeal the decision?
    1. stash459's Avatar
      stash459 -
      Release the hulk/beast... Apptap a.k.a installer was born or introduce in 2007 June first time jailbreak/unlock was known to takeover the iPhone... The legacy continues cydia took over then....
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      I don't believe this is appealable And it applies to all phones, not just Apple's. It actually rectifies/clarifies earlier law that said a phone must be able to work on all carriers. Doesn't really address theming, but since a jb allows you to do that as well as place any app you wish on your phone, I'll take it.

      Now, they may fight over the iPad, since it is not a phone. Dangerous, though, as all computers are open to user adjustments. I can put whatever I want on my Mac, app or theme or overclock it or put Windows on it. Why not with an iPad, which is basically a mini-computer, NOT a phone. They would most likely lose that argument.
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by C-dub View Post
      And moves you a little closer to her panties!
      This is why we all do what we do.

      High five? Anyone?
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      more like a ban for being a douche
    1. Jrsrusty's Avatar
      Jrsrusty -
      lol everyone hates on apple, but they did create this device that everyone loves so much, so u gotta show alittle love back Good news though!
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      haha! in your face Steve! haha your just jealous that your software is way worse than Jay's! :-)
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post
      haha! in your face Steve! haha your just jealous that your software is way worse than Jay's! :-)
      Seriously??! Steve is laughing at this! Don't you think he knows that we don't even HAVE a jailbreak??? Hold off on your gloating and victory dances until we see if this problem-plagued jailbreak ever even gets released!!
    1. alectra82's Avatar
      alectra82 -
      OMG it a double rainbow, sob sob sob, its so beautiful, a double rainbow.
    1. Tunerfreak's Avatar
      Tunerfreak -
      i don't understand how people can think that jailbreaking your phone wouldn't void warranty, no company warranty's anything that has not been tested by them. take a car warranty for example if you do any sort of modification to it and that part causes something to fail or not work properly they will obviously not honor the warranty for said broken part. It is common sense!!
    1. DOADesigns's Avatar
      DOADesigns -
      In all fairness I think Steve should just """kickback!!!!"""
      We all pay top dollar for his products, so let us do what we want. You have how much $$$$ Steve?... exactly. If it wasn't for JB the iphone would be just another touch phone and Android would be the leader. As the looks of it Android is catching up each and everyday. Its so sad they want to restrict and stop the good stuff that makes the iPhone unbeatable!!
    1. bblaser68's Avatar
      bblaser68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonic1213 View Post
      How is this going to work? Is AT&T or apple going to jb the devices? Or offer the software? Any details? Please let me know.
      Easy there, killer!

      Look at the BIG picture.... I bet Steve is just sitting back in his easy chair waiting for this all to just unfold. With the upcoming "sweeping popularity" we are soon to experience from the other 92% and the fact that we're not having to hide under the imaginary blanket (lol) of the law (...er..rules) any more, we are going to be more compelled to spread the word of iFreedom to the ones who think their just sporting a cool / popular cell phone. Before you know it, our 8%'ll triple, quadruple even ...uh..whatever-ple [comes next]! They say, "The best hunter is the one who has the patience to wait for his prey to come to him!" It's only a matter of time before our numbers are big enough for Steve to deploy informants!

      Next thing ya know, iOS5 SDKs are out. All Jobs has to do is wait for a promising JB, then find out from "his guy" exactly what exploit he needs to patch before the sudden release of the iOS (did someone just say 3.1.3? nevermind) that had a JB waiting for it. Ya know, it's sad to think of the dev's who couldn't sleep that night because they couldn't wait to u/l, to their repo., what they had spent so much time, working so hard on only to be >pooot<'ed on by, none other than, Apple/Jobs. ..And yes, Steve's halo is, in fact, held up by horns.

      jk, guys
      let me make it....n00b's 2nd post.(That's me!)

      btw, I have much love for all the devs that put their time and effort into turning something so complicated into a few buttons just so I can enjoy the bond that a man and his iPhone should have! ;-] If it wasn't for you, independent dev's, my phone would remind me of a massive theme park / zoo. ....thats closed 365 days a year. Thank You.

      Stay tuned, when we come back, it's Jay vs. Steve in The Ultimate Scriptoff!
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tunerfreak View Post
      i don't understand how people can think that jailbreaking your phone wouldn't void warranty, no company warranty's anything that has not been tested by them. take a car warranty for example if you do any sort of modification to it and that part causes something to fail or not work properly they will obviously not honor the warranty for said broken part. It is common sense!!
      Why is it with a simple one click restore warranty is honored. If they really wanted to - couldn't they detect a JB?
    1. Roofiya's Avatar
      Roofiya -
      Thank you all(EFF,Rock,Cydia,Planetbeing,Saurik,Skype,Mozill a and all others ) for uniting your one vote to fight against the Apple's unfair laws, great work and keep up the good job . You are great and your applications are far much better and can provide the iPhone user with a customized device according to his individual and personal needs.