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    It sounds like a far fetched scenario, but this weekend on NPR, a panel of guests discussed the growing presence of lobbyists from emerging industries in Washington DC. Among the powerhouse movers and shakers seen to be multiplying at a rapid pace are representatives of the mobile technology and communications industries.

    With the arrival of the iPad and a veritable plethora of tablets to the consumer electronics market in the coming months, an equally large number of potential networking partners who would provide video and publishing content to those devices are increasingly concerned with the prevalence of iPhone (and soon-to-be iPad) jailbreaking. As a result, some are speculating that the mobile industry's lobby will be so substantial by the end of 2010 that congressional support could be gathered to "criminalize jailbreaking."

    While the idea of being punished by a court of law for jailbreaking an iPhone, iPod, or iPad sounds borderline insane, could it actually happen? In the big picture, it would seem highly unlikely that Apple would back such a lobby, given that Apple already maintains that jailbreaking is an "illegal" act. Apple, after all, tells the Copyright Office that jailbreaking represents a violation of copyright laws. "Current jailbreak techniques now in widespread use [utilizes] unauthorized modification to the copyrighted bootloader and OS, resulting in infringement of the copyright in those programs," is Apple's official position.

    The prospect of criminalizing jailbreaking, indeed, seems like a long shot. On the other hand, a new gusto behind the enforcement of current copyright laws could seriously impact the way pirates, hackers, and jailbreakers are potentially "punished." The on-air radio panelists noted that someone [a hacker, jailbreaker, etc.] will need to be "made an example of" to prove that the tech world means business when it comes to laying the smack down on jailbreakers.

    Sabre rattling? Sounds like nothing more to me.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Will The US Congress Criminalize Jailbreaking? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 105 Comments
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by akolemba View Post
      guys ... law.
      yeah no one read that
    1. akolemba's Avatar
      akolemba -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      yeah no one read that
      as expected.
    1. shadowtrainer02's Avatar
      shadowtrainer02 -
      @ KartRacer- Cydia can't ban the crack repos. Saurik won't do it. Sure, there's a message about it hosting illegal activities or illegal apps if you add it, but that's the whole point of jailbreaking no? To /break/ out of Apple's cage of "only do this"? Even if Saurik would ban those repos, I'm sure they'd just make new repos, it's really not that hard to do, all you need for a repo is a a website.
    1. DarkPotato's Avatar
      DarkPotato -
      this is why i live in Canada
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Which is why I said that Cydia should ban repos that host stolen applications. That would solve every problem that is associated with jailbreaking, ie stealing/piracy. It's the simplest and most effective solution but it's not done. Why?
      Because then someone will simply come out with a cracked version of Cydia, and that would make Saurik very unhappy.
    1. BlaqkRoxstar360's Avatar
      BlaqkRoxstar360 -
      Won't happen...
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      "this is why i live in Canada"

      you live in Canada because someone wrote a story about the possibility of legislation banning iPhone jailbreaking?

      That's retarded!!!
    1. akolemba's Avatar
      akolemba -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      "this is why i live in Canada"

      you live in Canada because someone wrote a story about the possibility of legislation banning iPhone jailbreaking?

      That's retarded!!!
      AN EXAMPLE MUST BE MADE!!... and so the story of canada began...
    1. uncle_don's Avatar
      uncle_don -
      Next you'll be telling me Congress is going to make everybody buy health insurance!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      **** no. This is not China.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Just one more digital crime I'll be guilty of. Meh.
    1. ukoda's Avatar
      ukoda -
      It's been many years since America could call itself the land of the free. Making jail breaking illegal is simply another step on that slippery slope and a certainty with the current mindset. The real shame here is the US pushing it's anti-freedom laws on other countries under the pretext of 'free' trade.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadowtrainer02 View Post
      @ KartRacer- Cydia can't ban the crack repos. Saurik won't do it. Sure, there's a message about it hosting illegal activities or illegal apps if you add it, but that's the whole point of jailbreaking no? To /break/ out of Apple's cage of "only do this"? Even if Saurik would ban those repos, I'm sure they'd just make new repos, it's really not that hard to do, all you need for a repo is a a website.
      bro you can add sources that have cracked cydia apps. like beyouriphone or sinfuliphone.repo. they all are blocked.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      idiot. you can't add sources that have cracked cydia apps. like beyouriphone or sinfuliphone.repo. they all are blocked.

      use your brain, fool
      Oh, the irony. I would tell you to prove it so you could go make a fool of yourself when you find out how wrong you are, but we don't discuss that stuff here.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      well, that wont change me. pirating movies and songs are illegal, and we still do it and dont get in trouble. how would they catch you anyway?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by uncle_don View Post
      Next you'll be telling me Congress is going to make everybody buy health insurance!
      slow down on the politics dude. looking at the average intelligence of the new users here, this could become very nonsensical.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      "It's been many years since America could call itself the land of the free. Making jail breaking illegal is simply another step on that slippery slope and a certainty with the current mindset. The real shame here is the US pushing it's anti-freedom laws on other countries under the pretext of 'free' trade."

      wow. Talk about going off on a tangent. Do you even understand the full issue?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      "idiot. you can't add sources that have cracked cydia apps. like beyouriphone or sinfuliphone.repo. they all are blocked. "

      you really should be really really sure you are right before you call someone
      an idiot, because when it turns out that YOU are wrong
      YOU look super dumb.
      bro calm down. i made a typo. if you look at the quote i was disproving, it said that you couldn't.

      i meant to say you could. calm down homeslice

      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      "It's been many years since America could call itself the land of the free. Making jail breaking illegal is simply another step on that slippery slope and a certainty with the current mindset. The real shame here is the US pushing it's anti-freedom laws on other countries under the pretext of 'free' trade."

      wow. Talk about going off on a tangent. Do you even understand the full issue?
      hey dude. there's a such thing as a quote button.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Lol. You can't edit your way out of that one, and where exactly is the quote button on the mobile site?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      Lol. You can't edit your way out of that one, and where exactly is the quote button on the mobile site?
      was a legit type dude, did you see the quote i was using? either way, in case you didn't see your shoutbox message:

      dude you're just about as angry as i am on this site.

      we should be best friends dude. no joke