iPad Jailbreaking is Illegal?

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    Been doing a little essential research and I have arrived at a conclusion or two. And a question. No flameers need apply; a little information will be greatly recieved.

    The recent DCMA exception we all know and love specifically refers to wireless phones. The iPad was released after the EFF petitioned the U.S. Government to allow jailbreaking under the DMCA. The iPad-jailbreak exemption will not be considered until late 2011 when the Office begins accepting petitions for the next round of reviews.

    So can anypone point to some further reading material?

    Bob
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    Totally legal:

    "Under the DMCA of 2010, jailbreaking is legal in the United States, although Apple has announced that the practice "can violate the warranty."[1] It is also legal in many other countries including those of the EU. However, the jailbreaking process does not include any modification to the hardware, so it can be quickly and easily reversed simply by restoring the operating system through iTunes. Cydia creator Jay Freeman estimates that more than 10% of all iPhones are jailbroken.[2]"

    Source
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    It is not a problem for me. The rules--whatever they may be--mean nothing to me, for I be a scurrilous and lawless man set in his ways. I won't bother you with the reasons I JB, you likely know them and share many of the same reasons as I do. I will continue my lawless nature.

    Smiley

    But . . .

    As I have said, I have been furiously reading, and much of what I come across in this specific case--iPads and JBs--tell me the ruling does not specifically apply to iPads. It DOES apply to iPhones, this I know.

    But not specifically to iPads.

    I feel this will be addressed in the next few years or a SCOTUS case will decide it, or Apple will simply accept the simple fact:

    Apple has bee Pwned. Come get me, Apple. Warning, I tend to bite. Smiley.

    But, for iPads being specifically addressed in the ruling you quote in part above, the situation is still in the air.

    Bob
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    Bob, attached is a link to the specific amendment that was made in the USA. As you will see it is nothing to do with Apple specifically. It applies to any device you own.

    http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2006/71fr68472.pdf

    The summary is "...the Register of Copyrights recommends that the Librarian of Congress publish the six classes of copyrighted works designated above, so that the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of those particular classes of works."

    In other words, you are free to modify a device you own provided you are not infringing copyright. And that is what jailbreaking does. However, because piracy is infringing copyright, that remains illegal.
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    Appreciated, but I saw that.

    And Apple contends the same thing, by the way. And others cite other laws that seem to indicate that the issue of IP violations is not so clear cut. It is very complicated and I think we will need to wait until October so the long convoluted pros and cons are sorted out.

    I'll still do it and recommend it, but some the reason I am researching something I have already decided to ignore are for certain people that are naturally interested in facts and hard data.

    This is interesting to consider:

    http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/dmca_2009/RM-2008-8.pdf

    Keep the data flowing, gang.

    Bob
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    Ooh... Good point. But like f4780y said, it applies to any device you have.
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    This why geohot is being taken to court by sony. It is legal to jailbreak smartphones, sony is trying sue geohot because legislation only states that it is legal for smartphones. Sony is using the excuse thay the ps3 is not a smartphone. Geohot is fightimg it with the excuse "whats the difference, they are both enclosed electronics, which you own". Im assuming the same fight is going to be for the ipad bedause apple will probably use the "its not a smartphone" also.

    At the end of the day....court will probably rule in our favour for this one also.

    (watched an interview with geohot on tv the other day)
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    this case has already been settled. it ended (supposedly) with no money changing hands, just that geohot is to stay the hell away from the ps3.
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    Yeah..And because Sony won the case is why psn is down. Some other hackers took offense and launched an all out blitz on psn...and now going on 7days that psn is down will cost them millions if not billions. They are rewriting the entire system.
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    I think the geohot case was just a trigger point. this frustration among hackers has been going on since sony took away linux from the PS3. it still baffles me how they got away with that one. I can't believe Sony is playing the cat and mouse games.

    Everything is available hacked today. Does that mean that the bulk of users use it? Probably not. Sure, an un-hacked system theoretically attracts devs, but today's devs code for things like homebrew and jailbreak apps too, so it's driving them away at the same time.
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    You are so knowledgeable and it is very much appreciated when you spread it all around.:)
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    Exactly my point, hence the post. People must understand that a ruling like this might not include things not specifically mentioned in the documents.

    So I wonder e-aloud about the DMCA ruling and if it applies to iPads. Apparently not because iPads are, according to the DMCA and others, not specifically covered by the rule change.

    And again, that will not prevent me from breaking my iDevices.

    But my research is not for my benefit; there is cash involved. And this opinion expressed by some on this list that all such devices can be legally broken might matter very little. What does matter is the wording and its interpretation by the judge and lawyers. Most likely, there are plenty of cases that are lost because someone assumes this or that.

    Apparently, Apple contends that there is some sort of copying of their IP when the JB interacts with the Boot Loader. Bob is not an expert, so corrections are welcome.

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    I have not been keeping up with the Geohot case. I do wish him well.

    If Geohot is to stay away from PS3 devices, then apparently nothing has been setteled. It is still likely "illegal" in Sony's eyes.

    Can anyone provide further information?

    Bob
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    Where does Apple contend this?
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    Here is part of what Apple contends:

    "In comments submitted to the Copyright Office, Apple contends that jailbreaking is a clear violation of United States copyright laws. In part, Apple said: "Current jailbreak techniques now in widespread use [utilizes] unauthorized modification to the copyrighted bootloader and OS, resulting in infringement of the copyright in those programs."


    "A bootloader is a small program stored in the devices nonvolatile memory that loads the device's operating system. Jailbreaking violates the law, Apple contends, because the process relies on pirated copies of the bootloader and operating system."


    "Also according to Apple, "Infringing reproductions of those works are created each time they are downloaded through Pwnage Tool and loaded onto the iPhone."


    Apple also argued, "In addition, the jailbroken OS enabled pirated copies of Apple copyrighted content and other third-party content such as games and applications to play on the iPhone, resulting in further infringing uses of copyrighted works and diminished incentive to create those works in the first place."

    Not sure about that last item. Seems to me that every smartphone, desktop, or laptop can do exactly the same thing: download IP from all over the web. Seems like a red herring to me.


    Ask Mr. Google to fetch "Docket No. RM 20088." Copies are all over the place. The document title is: "Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies."

    Bob
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    The case is quite different from jailbreaking. Sony reacted to George because he published on his website and via twitter the master encryption key for the PS3. Sony's argument, which could possibly have been won if it had gone all the way through the courts, is that this was their IP and should not have been publicly distributed outside the confines of the PS3 console. I can kind of see the argument... Ironically he would probably have been in less trouble if he had just realised a working jailbreak.

    Where the sony / geohot argument is relevant to our scene because of the Comex iPad2 4.3 "JB". Comex will be in EXACTLY the same situation if he was to publish or distribute a JB which uses code which infringes Apples' copyright. All the existing JB tools DO NOT do this, hence their "legality".
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    OK. If the point being made is iPads are not mentioned because they were not invented when the concessions were make, it is a fair point. But I don't think it is reasonable to infer that it makes iPad jailbreaking illegal. There can be no difinitive answer unless Apple were to test it in court, but that would seem ridiculous as the new class of device runs a sufficiently similar OS and uses sufficently similar techniques for DRM as the existing class of devices which are exempt. That would be my take.
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    But why Comex didn't release it's JB (even if it was not legal) anonymously?

    If he knew that it's no legal (based on some stolen code; don't know what that means), he could still release it under whatever name.

    Community would benefit from it because:
    1. Others could continue development on what he started.
    2. We would have a working JB now.

    Why this Comex JB hasn't been released?
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    I've no idea if what you say here is true or not, but if it is then it would seem, other corporations need to be very careful of using the brute force, large pockets and expensive lawyers approach to deal with problems. Sony are going to lose a lot of revenue from the PSN attack, I myself will never trust its security again, they say credit card details may/may not be compromised, fair enough, the fact it took them a week to inform me of this is, in my opinion unforgivable, I knew PSN was down but found out from the BBC news app on my iPad the day before I got an email from Sony regarding the serious nature of the problem!

    Sorry for the rant and wandering off topic, but as I stated, Apple, Microsoft and others need to learn from the PSN mess. It would appear people with the skills, may now have a way of fighting back against the heavies if pushed.
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    Sony didnt win anything..... The case was settled and both sides left the court satisfied. Funny how easy false information gets around.

    http://www.nag.co.za/2011/04/sony-versus-geohot-case-settled/ <--------- read about it if u want

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