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Apple Asks Federal Government to Crack Down on Jailbreaking

Apple Asks Federal Government to Crack Down on Jailbreaking

Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:31pm by iClarified
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NBC is reporting that Apple has asked the federal government to help crack down on hackers "jailbreaking" the iPhone.

"Current jailbreak technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs," Apple told the U.S. Copyright Office.

This request comes despite the Library of Congress having deemed that jailbreaking your iPhone in order to install applications not approved by Apple and/or to unlock is legal.


Read More [via MacDailyNews]


Apple Asks Federal Government to Crack Down on Jailbreaking
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gizmodo
gizmodo - January 18, 2011 at 5:19am
Apple should crack down what causes and how to treat cancer cell. Right Steve?
Sanjay Gurung
Sanjay Gurung - January 17, 2011 at 11:48pm
If there in no jailbreak. I, my relative all will throw their iphone and use nokia phone. Steve jobs think twice before you do this. otherwise you would again go bankrupty. Steve should actually praise geo hot, dev team for their support for apple. life with jailbroken iphone it's fish without pond.
Trollkiller
Trollkiller - January 21, 2011 at 1:26pm
@Leeroy Seriously tell me or show me where I made any sort of racial remarks... you can't can you? Why do you think I'm white? Dude I just responded to the trolls here I'm not hatin on anyone because of race, religion, etc. If you think I'm racist that's your problem not mine.
Trollkiller
Trollkiller - January 17, 2011 at 4:33pm
And let's see how far Apple will get with this one... they thought they had it in the bag with the Library of Congress and look at what happened with that.
Tony
Tony - January 17, 2011 at 12:11pm
My wife, my daughter, my son, my four brother and friends all them have jailbroken iPhones. If no jailbreak no more iPhone period.
Oooyeah
Oooyeah - January 17, 2011 at 11:18am
iPhone without JB = Piece of crap Phone!!! might as well go back to old school phones.....
iLLuSi0nS
iLLuSi0nS - January 17, 2011 at 6:01am
Don't you guys get it? Your all saying the same thing no jb=no apple... Let it happen. I wish JB does go away, so apple will get crippled, then finally millions (including me) will wake up from this hyptomised sleep we have all been under. We are slaves and jailbreaking is the only thing illuding us from knowing we are slaves. They are trying to take a slaves last freedom. It's time to realize it's all iLLuSi0nS, smoke and mirrors. WAKE UP, WAKE UP!!!!!!
maxbalboa
maxbalboa - January 17, 2011 at 6:41am
people, behold... this how a slave talks.
john
john - January 17, 2011 at 7:42am
i want to be "hyptomized" too and be a slave
AndyPVG
AndyPVG - January 17, 2011 at 3:20am
Dear Job: When the Federal Government starts to regulate how a black turtleneck should be warn with a pair of acid-washed jeans, in particular the tuck-in part, then, maybe no jailbreak and no Apple.
z....
z.... - January 17, 2011 at 2:31am
Apple will hurt itself as most of us buy apple products because they are jailbreakable, no jailbreak, no apple products, simple.
anon
anon - January 17, 2011 at 1:05am
keep your proprietary crap, Jobs. It was fun for a few years, but now it's just too much work to even enjoy at this point. Better fones are coming out now and I don't have to jump through flaming hoops to do what i want to do with them. anybody that bends to apple's every need gets what they deserve. anybody else that appreciates new technology and pushing it further will hopefully man the life boats and sail for better horizons.
Billy
Billy - January 17, 2011 at 12:13am
if anythign makes apple iphone famous more then its desgine and desire to own beside the high prices on everything its jailbreaking. You take away jailbreak you will see a big percentage of customers going down. Steve job will be so sorry he has to go bankrupt. I know 7 to 15 people in just my family cousins, nieces, uncles, aunts who will stop using iphone, ipads once jailbreak is gone ha ha h ah ha ha ha ha
MMUser
MMUser - January 16, 2011 at 9:38pm
well, I bought iPhone because I can jailbreak and install other things that only can use after jailbreaking..so if there is no jailbreak , I will not buy any future iPhones and will not recommand anyone to buy iPhone either.so Who will lose money in the end..when there is no jailbreak, I will switch to Andriod phones...
iuser
iuser - January 16, 2011 at 9:19pm
So why is apple so much against jailbreaking? Yes, they argue with copyright infringement, but what is the real intention here or the long-term threat for the company? Fact is: apple doesnt relly care whether iphones are factory-unlocked or not. It's the carriers who want total control of their customers. And the other Cydia apps? I'm sure that still only the minority of iphones on this planet is jailbroken, and the whole process is likely to get more complicated for the end user (avoid updates, thethered solutions etc.) and let's face it: most of the people buying an iphone are not that savvy on computers to extensively modify their devices...
anon
anon - January 17, 2011 at 1:12am
nail on the head. anyone that's not even the least bit tech savvy tends to gravitate to apple and pay the (hefty) premium for not having to think about even the most minute of maintenance of their machine or phone. these people can feel like they're on the cutting edge of technology while looking stylish doing so (they're wrong, but whatever) and do nothing more than push a power button and start doing whatever they need. and you're keep hearing more and more about this "death of the PC" b/c of the ipad and tablets. this couldn't be farther from the truth. those who use PCs to their potential always will use them. people that just need a device to go online and type out recipes or read digital books will just flock to the tablet market. these are the same people that were buying cheap E-machines PCs at best buy for 300 bucks. obviously not the mid to high end consumer to begin with.
SwitchingtoNokiaorAndroid
SwitchingtoNokiaorAndroid - January 16, 2011 at 7:40pm
Why don't Apple just basically sell all FACTORY UNLOCK phones instead of restricting and making the lifestyles of their buyers difficult with those carrier-locked phones? Apple Dictators!
anon
anon - January 17, 2011 at 1:13am
you think carrier locked fones are an apple exclusive? boy I'd love to see your face when you go looking for android fones.
jazzroom
jazzroom - January 18, 2011 at 5:46pm
so , what is the REAL alternative to an iPhone that is truly open source and has anough useful apps and easily unlockable from the carrier? Android, Google, Microsoft..or?
Pesto
Pesto - January 21, 2011 at 11:25am
The difference is I can call the carrier the next month and have my Android and any other phone unlocked (for international travel use). The iPhone is the only phone that does not allow this (Except in Europe where it is against the law to not allow unlocking by the consumer).
Sean
Sean - January 16, 2011 at 7:26pm
This is like us as kids. We ask dad for something. He says no. So we then go ask mom. The govt already deemed JB legal. Apple now goes to another branch and ask for prosecution. So where does this end? If I buy a MacBook I can only buy softwAre that apple sells? This is gonna set a really grey area in regards to precedence. And not just with the iPhone. This could be used in aftermarket parts for cars, computer software, etc. Once the line is drawn how far will it stretch?
anon
anon - January 17, 2011 at 1:15am
anyone buying into the proprietary trap gets what they deserve.
Jaeren
Jaeren - January 16, 2011 at 6:47pm
we buy we rule, what if they think it isnt, we dont buy any other apple products.
emartin
emartin - January 16, 2011 at 6:31pm
What does it matter. If I or someone jailbreaks it, it is still money in Apples pockets. Why, because we had to somehow buy the damn phone.
fenrry
fenrry - January 16, 2011 at 6:03pm
...how are they "liberals" if they want to impose a complete totalitarian order, care to explain??
rix
rix - January 16, 2011 at 6:16pm
APPLE WAS STARTED BY A BUNCH OF HIPPIES
iphone 4
iphone 4 - January 16, 2011 at 7:20pm
unless you bought it out right it is now your phone. att still owns 1/2 of it if subsidized. not yours until contract is up
rix
rix - January 17, 2011 at 1:23am
THE SERVICE IS THE CONTRACT NOT THE PHONE
M@ster
M@ster - January 17, 2011 at 10:10am
You are wrong, when your contract expires your iPhone is still locked! So what's up with that? I said this will be end of Apple, people started to hate them more and more.
rix
rix - January 17, 2011 at 12:09pm
IF YOU BREAK YOUR CONTRACT THEY DONT COME AND GET THE PHONE BACK....EVERY PHONE IS LOCKED TO THE CARRIER YOU PURCHASE IT FROM BUT ATT WONT GIVE YOU THE UNLOCK CODE FOR AN IPHONE BECAUSE APPLE WONT. THATS WHY APPLE/ATT HAVE SUITS AGAINST THEM FOR HAVING A UNFAIR MONOPLY ON THE IPHONE.
DUDE
DUDE - January 16, 2011 at 4:44pm
I thought jailbreaking was legal, what happened?
Nick
Nick - January 16, 2011 at 2:40pm
Anyways, Apple needs the jailbreaking community to learn what features people want and what features to add to iOS, Apple has only been copying features already available in the jailbreaking community.
8b5ef83
8b5ef83 - January 16, 2011 at 2:28pm
Without JB, iphone = hiphone
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