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Library of Congress Approves Jailbreaking of iPhone

If legal repercussions have stopped you from unleashing the power of your iPhone, then this week must be your lucky week; as the Library of Congress has approved the jailbreak of your iPhone, much to Apple’s dismay.

According to the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress (LOC), jailbreaking a smartphone—in this case Apple’s iPhone—is actually legal under the provisions of the Digital Media Copyright’s Act (DMCA). The decision was taken  by the Librarian of Congress, James Billington. His decision was largely based on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) proposal that the LOC study the popular practice of jailbreaking iPhones and other smartphones. The EFF further argued that jailbreaking does not constitute infringement in any form because various reasons.

In its argument, the EFF notes that the use of any jailbreaking technique does not actually make changes to the each program that makes up the iPhone firmware. Instead jailbreaking just brings additional software and components to the platform. These additions, according to EFF, are much like adding a printer driver to an operating system, clearly a “modification” to the OS but not copyright infringement in any case.

The EFF also asserted that jailbreaking techniques are within the scope of an iPhone owner’s rights. After all, the iPhone owner is also the firmware owner and it falls within the rights the owner to make the best the copies of their firmware, adjust it to their needs by adding new capabilities to it. Of course, this is within the context that the user is not doing anything that might infringe the rights of the owner of the firmware copyright.

According to the EFF jailbreaking is actually a noncommercial endeavor that is limited for private use and still uses the original firmware to operate the phone. It does not harm the marketing of the firmware  in any way.

Apple argues that by jailbreaking the iPhone, users violate the terms and conditions that were agreed on purchase of the iPhone. However the LOC, still does not make it clear whether the contracts grant the users ownership of the firmware or just a licensed copy of the firmware.  Apple still has copyright for the computer programs inside the iPhone; the device itself is owned by the user upon purchase. Due to these reasons the lines of ownership gets blurred, and since the courts have to decide on that, Billington expressed that it is fair to jailbrake an iPhone so long as it’s for non-commercial use. He also said that jailbreaking of iPhones is “innocuous at worst and beneficial at best.”

Apple reiterates the dangers of jailbreaking your iPhone. Aside from the fact that your warranty becomes void, your iPhone and the programs in it may also become unstable bring due to risks related to security and data transfers. In the worst case scenario the battery life of your iPhone will severely reduce.  Apple also warned that jailbroken phones might not get any updates at all.

Every three years the Copyright Office, under the Library of congress reviews emerging technologies that maybe exempted from the DMCA ban. There were nineteen recommendations for these technologies received by the Copyright office. Billington exempted jailbreaking the iPhone/smartphone along with five other technologies. These included: snippets from DVDs when used to garner comments or criticisms, computer programs and telephone handsets to access wireless networks, video games on personal computers, and computer programs on dongles.

Barely 24 hours After its Release, iPad Gets Jailbroken

MuscleNerd, a well known jailbreaking guru from the iPhone Dev-Team, released a video showing he was able to jailbreak iPad. Scarcely 24 hours after the release of iPad, MuscleNerd tweeted and posted a screen shot of his root access moment in iPad.

According to his tweet, he utilized a port from Comex’s ‘Spirit” jailbreak. The Spirit jailbreak takes advantage of a bug found in iPhones running on OS 3.1.3 and of course iPads powered by OS 3.2. MuscleNerd also posted his iPad jailbreaking feats on YouTube.

With the Spirit jailbreak, it won’t be long till ordinary users can access their iPads remotely and do some tweaking themselves. The current flaw will be something that a lot of iPad owners—also now hopeful iPad purchasers—would eagerly take advantage of. Well, unless Apple decides to release a security update to patch the flaw in the OS 3.2. In the case of web browser based hacks, however, Apple will probably swiftly take action to curtail the hack’s spread.

It’s no wonder though why jailbreakers like MuscleNerd will strive to unleash a jailbreak anytime soon. Although iPad is a beauty when it comes to design and potential, users will always look for something more other than its out-of-the-box features. Jailbreaking it would mean you can run third-party apps that Apple App store has restricted. It probably means someone smarter than Apple developers could find a way to unleash its full potential in terms of multi-tasking. This may not happen now in Apple iPads first week, but with MuscleNerd proving that it does have loopholes, the possibilities are just limitless.

Mark Your Calendar for the New iPhone OS 4

Apple is really working in hyper speed this year. Only a few days after iPad went on sale, Apple has sent invitations for, yet again, another product launching. This event will be held at Apple’s sprawling complex at Cupertino, California at 10 am (Pacific Time) this Thursday, April 8th.

The invitation came with an enigmatic “Get ready for a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS.” Of course, this line got tech bunnies hopping for more details and in just a few hours, rumors about certain details of the event just spread like wildfire in the Internet.

According to Apple Insider, iPhone OS 4 developers have found a way to support multi-tasking on the new OS. Their source however did not divulge how this new feature would affect power consumption and battery life.

The iPhone OS inability to allow simultaneous running of programs in the background has been considered as iPad’s caveat. Though jailbreaking may seem to solve this for some, this only opens up security issues for the iPhone OS not to mention the rampant piracy it will encourage. Apparently iPhone 0S 3 is technically capable of supporting concurrent programs running in the background but Apple elected to put propriety restrictions to apps not bundled with their system.

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