iPhone and smartphone’s “jailbreaking” now legal

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Ian Villanueva

Jailbreaking, a practice for enabling iPhone and the rest of the smartphone units to install unauthorized applications or simply unlocking it from a specified network provider.

Monday, court ruled the copyright being fought hard by Apple to its product iPhone. Apple claims that software modification to is already a form of copyright infringement.

For iPhone developers like Mario Ciabarra, founder of Rock Your Phone, the rules mark the first step toward opening the iPhone app market to competition and removing the “handcuffs” that Apple imposes on developers that want to reach users of the wildly popular device.

Jailbreaking practice was technically illegal but no one has been prosecuted but Apple’s strategy is to use software upgrades. By this operation, it will disable jailbroken phones, may not take advantage of software improvements and worse, warranty will be void.

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Corynne McSherry, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights organization that pushed for the clarifications said that the rulings were “a major victory for consumers,” and “Copyright law should be supporting fair use and not getting in the way of it.”

Natalie Kerris,Apple spokesman said Monday that they are concerned about jailbreaking because the practice can make an

iPhone can be unstable and unreliable due jailbreaking which is the concern of the company, said Natalie Kerris, Apple spokesman.

“Apple’s goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone, and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience,” she said.

Aside from jailbreaking other exemptions are

• 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, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.

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

• allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

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