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Jailbreaking and rooting close to becoming “illegal” again

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Jailbreaking and rooting close to becoming “illegal” again
That we are free to jailbreak our iPhones or root our Android smartphones is something that we take for granted. However, both jailbreaking and rooting are close to becoming not so legal again, and action needs to be taken in order to prevent this from happening.

Here is how it all breaks down: until July of 2010, it was a matter of dispute whether jailbreaking or unlocking an iPhone was a criminal act or not. Apple, of course, having invested a tremendous amount of effort in locking down iOS, claimed that both practices were in conflict with copyright laws. However, the U.S. Copyright Office eventually recognized an exemption to the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act), thus permitting jaibreaking and unlocking of iPhones, as long as it was not for the purpose of circumventing copyright. Rooting of Android devices was proclaimed perfectly legal too.

Yet contrary to popular belief, the aforementioned exemption is not permanent. In fact, it is about to expire next month, and should it not be renewed, rooting and jailbreaking will most likely be rendered violating the DMCA again. That is why the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) needs your help. If you want to keep both jailbreaking and rooting legal, you are free to sign a petition that the EFF has launched. That means you, millions of people who have jailbroken their iPhone 4S. Casting your vote can be done by following the source link below, so check it out if you want to participate.

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 03:56 5

1. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Oh good. Now they are going to throw all of us in prison. I think we should not bother to sign any petition. We should just continue to jailbreak / root our Androids and iPhones and see how many of us they will prosecute.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:07 1

2. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

Just like downloading music, while they can't catch everyone, they will persecute a few to ridiculous levels. Just hope it isn't you.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:53 2

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

How can rooting be illegal if the manufacturers themselves are providing tools on how to unlock their devices? Android manufacturers does support their devices' community so how can it be illegal?

On the other hand, Apple already had a battle against it before, so for jailbreaking, it's not impossible.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 10:06 3

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Ah, awesome that we get a reminder for the jailbreaking iFans that their favorite company TRIED TO GET THE GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE THEM FELONS.

Just as another reminder, in case the possible TEN YEARS IN PRISON Apple wants jailbreakers to spend isn't scary enough, being a felon means you lose your voting rights AND finding a job becomes much harder.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 10:15 1

5. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Can you imagine ten years in prison and a felon for jail breaking. I am a jail breaker and its funny to me. I am not worried whatsoever and have even got help from apple with my iPhone while jailbroken lol. Its not like the government is that stupid.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 12:46

6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Im thinking about rooting my Optimus S so I can get mobile hotspot without having to pay carrier, anyone know if the root is all I would need to do or if there's more after the root to get this?

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 14:06 1

7. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

this is a reason people are pushing for it to be illegal...what you need is to search google. :)... and good luck not getting charged if they find out.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 23:15 1

8. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

wtf john are you saying that you support going to jail for tether.....wtf is the US becoming a fkn fascist state.....hunh ????

I am with a company CALLED MOBILICITY >>>> I AM PAYING 17.50 per month unlimited text talk and data...

YOU douche bags have got to start rising up before they take every last hard earned penny....its pretty much criminal....just like real criminal that break bend the law....corperations are breaking bending the law.....

I dont understand we buy computers.....and we can modify anything that is allow...smart phones arent phones at all they are miniature computers with miniature modems....so i think screw apple and their covertness....the apple os is mad unappealing thats why people pay no interest to hack it. lmao.... dont give us phones give us our mini-computers....I always buy out my phones.....that means its my device and i can do what ever i please as so not to harm any other device or persons....fu crab-apple

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 08:46 1

9. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I think going to jail for rooting/ jail breaking is ridiculous. My point is, I have been rooting, flashing custom roms, and theming my android since day one. I use it to customize. The people who only want SU permissions to tether, yeah it does bother me. Regardless of what people think, it is stealing. Sure we get charged a ton of money for our cell phone bills. But if you where paying for basic cable, and decided to manipulate your receiver box to get premium channels, you would go to jail. I never said ppl should go to jail for tethering, but don't be pissed if the carrier catches on and charges you for the service you are essentially stealing.
"Im thinking about rooting my Optimus S so I can get mobile hotspot without having to pay carrier"
That says nothing other than " I want to root my phone to steal." I don't see any other way to look at it.
The you have the iOS people ( not all of them) who only want to jailbreak to get paid apps for free.. Those people, deserve what ever comes there way. Nothing, is more despicable than pirating apps. If you had ever tried to develop a quality app you would understand the time that goes into one. Those people are thieves, and can go to jail IMO.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 13:39

10. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

well better safe than sorry i think people should sign petition!!

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