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Who Cares if Jailbreaking is Legal?
Apple prepared to move operations overseas.
(Reuters) - The US copyright office issued exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copy Act, giving legal protection for people who unlock their smartphones to run third party applications or change the wireless service providers.
The Library of Congress, which can define exceptions to existing copyright laws, said in a statement that a user can circumvent the phone's functionality to use any legally obtained software.
The ruling also allows users to change the wireless service provider and should provide a precedent for the legality of 'Hackintosh' computers as well.
Apple responded swiftly as last week, telling the WSJ that 'jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience' and 'can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably'.
The official Apple spokesperson also warned the US government that Apple are prepared to move operations overseas to Guyana if the disrespecting continues much longer, and intimated there will be a special 'iPhone Club' established for users promising under oath to never jailbreak their Apple products or question Apple policy in general ever again.
iPhone Charter and Rules
- You do not talk about iPhone Club.
- YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT IPHONE CLUB.
- If the bars drop or the phone goes limp, taps out, the call is over.
- Only two antennas to a fight.
- One app at a time, Apple user policies override local legislation.
- No lefties, no duct tape, no asking for a free bumper, no complaints.
- Denials and disparaging competitors will continue as long as they have to.
- No jailbreaking, no switching providers, no installing 3rd party apps.
- If this is your first night at iPhone club, you have to agree to the above.
Kudos to MackDiesel for the iPhone Charter.
Reuters: US ruling allows iPhone users to alter software