Monday, July 26, 2010

#Jailbreaking #Apple #iPhone Ruled Legal in U.S.

U.S. copyright law has sided with the hackers jailbreaking iPhones in order to use them on other networks besides AT&T. Look for jailbreaking services to pop-up unless Apple and other phone makers decide to stop locking their phones altogether. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog

Here is what EETimes says about the jailbreaking ruling: The Librarian of Congress has issued a ruling stating consumers, educational institutions and other interested parties may develop software applications that allow them to unlock electronic equipment and bypass restrictions placed on such devices by manufacturers. The process, known in technology circles as “jailbreaking” would allow hackers and others to modify a range of electronic equipment, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone and encrypted CDs, to enable the use of such devices...The announcement puts an end to the cat-and-mouse game Apple has for years played with hackers since it introduced the iPhone in the United States but restricted its use solely to the AT&T Corp. network. Since then, hackers have repeatedly developed software applications that would allow non-AT&T customers use the iPhone on competing networks...
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