Legal or not?

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  1. mdholm

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    Is it illegal to jailbreak an idevice? A friend and I are arguing about this; she says that a new law went into effect at the beginning of the year that makes it illegal. I'm thinking about doing it, but not if its wrong.
     
  2. willerz2

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    It's controversial to put it one way, but it's legal. The renewal of the DMCA last year did not particular say that tablets did not fall under the legal category, but since it doesn't specifically say it, it's legal is what the argument is. So yes, it's technically and judicially legal to jailbreak your device.
     
  3. mdholm

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    What about iPhones?
     
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    They have a specific exemption that makes it legal to jailbreak them.
     
  5. mdholm

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    Can you (or anyone) point me towards a link or something that discusses the legalities of this? My friend says its illegal AND immoral; I would like to do it but don't want to do something that is ethically wrong. Is there a discussion here on this subject?
     
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    iOS jailbreaking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Nothing immoral about it. The only "bad thing" that happens from jailbreaking is that it voids your Apple warranty, and that's easily remedied by restoring a fresh copy of iOS onto your device.

    One example from the DMCA would be

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act#Anti-circumvention_exemptions
     
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    I wonder if your friend is confusing jail breaking with pirating apps? Jail breaking is not illegal, immoral or unethical, but piracy is certainly all three of those.
     
  8. gresh14

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    maybe she is thinking of "unlocking" and not jailbreaking?
     
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    That might be the point of contention. Often times unlocking and jailbreaking are confused
     
  10. mdholm

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    I asked her all those questions. I explained that jail breaking is legal and that I don't pirate apps. If I get a new app I pay for it. I explained the difference between jail dealing and unlocking. She says the laws were changed this year and it IS illegal. And even if its not Apple doesn't condone it so that make it unethical in here eyes.
     

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