EFF: Keep jailbreaking and rooting from becoming illegal


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Back in July of 2010, the US Library of Congress added several critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that effectively made it legal to jailbreak, root, unlock…

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Manufacturers are providing the device, carriers are simply providing a service. Once a device is purchased and is our property that should enable use to do whatever we want to it.


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we must be fair though. im 100% for rooting your own device, but the question is whether or not rooting said device actually hurts the service providers service significantly. IF AND ONLY IF proof of such harm is found should it be illegal, and even then not illegal, just the service provider wont support that devices action on their network. Otherwise, i paid for my droid, i pay verizon for the service, that makes me the customer, so im always right... right?


Honestly once you purchase said product, you as a consumer should be allowed to modify it to make it fit your needs within safety parameters. If I buy a piece of paper, I'm not told I can only use it for typing, and any other method of use is punishable by law. If I buy a car, I'm not told I have to leave it factory standard, if I put any aftermarket parts on it I would be subject to repercussions (uness said parts are illegal themselves). You're not told when you buy a home, you have to leave it as is, that any modifications within to suit your needs will subject you to criminal prosecution. Unless the consumer modifies the product or steals proprietary design with the intent to monetarily profit from such actions, allow the consumer to modify it to suit their needs. If you're a service provider, LEARN TO ADAPT. You can't force this rapidly evolving technological era to adhere to your draconic methods. Provide BETTER service, proprietary applications or free gear. This world is changing, whether you like it or not, and you MUST CHANGE in order to maintain your business with it.


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I really can't wrap my head around why this is such a big deal. I know Apple their ilk want to control their products and that's fine, but when I buy a device, it's mine. I bought it. I own it. I should be able to do anything I want with it.

Also, I fully accept the risks associated with jailbreaking etc... Although some of those risks are actually from Apple themselves. If anything, it ought to be illegal for Apple to make changes that purposefully interfere by bricking your phone and causing other headaches. That's far more shady to me than "hacking" a bought-and-paid-for device.

I recently jailbroke my 4S so I could use Wifi Analyzer again (It was pulled from the App Store recently because of some policy changes) and integrate Google Voice into my phone. That's all I want and I'm very pleased with the results.

If Apple would provide a way to do those things through their App Store, I would gladly pay for it. I would also accept whatever disclaimers, lack of support etc.. Apple needed to cover their butts.

And ultimately, who jailbreaks their devices? It must be a fraction of a percent of users. Before the App Store, jailbreaking was hugely liberating and useful, but once official apps matured to allow multitasking, notifications and such... jailbreaking caters to only a tiny niche of people.

It's mine. I bought it. I own it. I should be able to do anything I want with it.


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hahahanoobs said:
One word: Boycott. It's gonna have to come to that. You can only sign petitions for so long.
Nice sentiment but it will never happen. People are too caught up in the "OOO Shiney" mind state. Most people do not care if Apple tells you how and what you can do with their products as long as it plays Angry Birds. Sad but true.


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It's mine. I bought it. I own it. I should be able to do anything I want with it.
Absolutely. While it's sounds stupid, "A farmer can buy a new Cadillac, cut the roof off and then use it to haul hey from the field"
(if you've never heard of this, it's known as an Okie pickup).

While in Europe a while back, my four-band, unlocked GSM phone worked delightfully.
As the train went from A to B, I would get a text msg "Welcome to xxx service".
There wasn't any of this branding nonsense and the absence of the monopolistic practices of
domestic service (U.S.) was a delight.

If Microsoft had taken the approach "you can only install our software from our sites",
we would still be using Commodore 64's. To be fair, the fragmentation of TDSM, CDMA & GSM
are the real culprits, as the service providers have to get a return for building all that infrastructure,
BUT - - ouch, seems to me they're starting to cut their own throats.

ps: anyone needing a knife will quickly be provided the appropriate tool.


Funny. They all ripping people off More , more , more they wont be enough for them.
tell me if I paid almost $550 which cost to manufacturer 90 bucks to make it now they want us to dont even touch it.