Copyright Office Unleashes iPhone; Legalizes Jailbreaking

The U.S. Copyright Office announced that jailbreaking (software modifications that liberate iPhones and other handsets to run applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker) the iPhone, and basically any Apple O/S, is legal. The decision stems from a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the new ruling rewrites the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

According to the EFF’s press release, more than a million iPhone owners have already unlocked their iPhone operating systems. The ruling essentially states that: “Copyright law has long held that making programs interoperable is fair use,” confirmed Corynne McSherry, EFF’s Senior Staff Attorney. “It’s gratifying that the Copyright Office acknowledges this right and agrees that the anticircumvention laws should not interfere with interoperability.”

While Apple fought to ensure jailbreaking’s inclusion in the DMCA due to claims that the practice could could knock out network transmission towers, make the iPhone vulnerable to attack, may not upgrade to new releases correctly, and–depending on the application–may not be as stable. Plus, once unlocked, all Apple warranties on their devices are void.  (Syncing the device with iTunes will restore it to the original, unlocked, state.)

This will no doubt affect Apple’s app sales, and it’s uncertain what measures the company will use to further the security of their products.

U-Spy Store recommends that iPhone users keep their phones in the locked state to maintain security; if an application you desire does not currently exist, chances are that it soon will.  For those who’ve already unlocked their phones and feel that they may have compromised personal information, contact us!

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