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13 December 2019

Apple says jailbreaking is a crime, but is it?

Apple has finally responded to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s proposal that iPhone jailbreaking be granted a DMCA exemption so iPhone owners can use applications not available from the App Store.  In comments filed with the Copyright Office, Apple said that “jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation,” reports EFF.

Apple bases its copyright claims on the fact that jailbreaking requires a modified version of Apple’s bootloader and operating system.  But as the EFF points out, “the courts have long recognized that copying software while reverse engineering is a fair use when done for purposes of fostering interoperability with independently created software.”  In a nutshell, law states that the process of jailbreaking is fair use if done to get the iPhone to run more applications.

It all sounds like bottom line fear to me.

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