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Jailbreak iPhone may again become illegal
In July 2010, the Library of Congress revised the urgency directives antikopiraytnogo law and in accordance with the changed realities, amended, which legalized the operation of jailbreaking smartphones to install them on any software. Similarly legalized and eliminating binding to the cellular operator iPhone (unlock).
Law acted last four years, which allowed hackers including release jailbreak for iOS 8. However, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), users may soon lose the ability to legally break into your digital device.
“The ability to make modifications in order to run third-party software – Jailbreak – is important to programmers, enthusiasts and casual users. But this procedure creates uncertainty with respect to matters of legality. Some manufacturers claim that jailbreaking violates Section 1201 of the law on the observance of copyright in the digital age (DMCA), which involves severe penalties. ”
If the US government legalized the jailbreak, then what then worry EFF? As it turned out, the decision rendered Copyright Office, expires this year, and the human rights organization hopes to extend it because “Jailbreak – not a crime.” Otherwise, the “showdown» iPhone again becomes semi-legal operation that will allow hardware manufacturers to apply any sanctions against hackers, until the trial. EFF also hopes to expand the law on tablets.
Now hacking game consoles is not legal. This led to the fact that in 2011 the Japanese Sony sued several months with George «Geohot» Hotz , who discovered a vulnerability in the PlayStation 3 console and published on the internet instruction jailbreak this system . In the end, the company abandoned the prosecution of hacker withdraw their case, in exchange for promises that the latter will no longer be engaged in the development of third-party hacks for this prefix.
If the law of the jailbreak mobile devices will not be renewed, the fate awaits Hotz hackers who publish on the web tools for hacking the iPhone and iPad. EFF hopes that the Library of Congress will not put a spoke in the wheel of the users. Now jailbreak only violates the terms of the warranty provided by Apple for the iPhone and iPad, but some four years ago, anyone who hacked iOS-device automatically becomes a law-breaker.
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