Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jul 2009 17:10 UTC
Apple The discussion around whether or not jailbreaking iPhones should be exempt from the DMCA has just reached a level of ridiculousness that words can't really describe any longer. As some of you might know, Apple and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are in a tussle with one another over whether or not the US Copyright Office should put an exemption in the DMCA allowing the jailbreaking of iPhones. Apple's reasoning for why no exemption should be made is rather... Over-the-top.
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I second that. I think there shouldn't be a law that makes it illegal to modify a device you paid for period. Would it be okay if GM or Honda said you couldn't modify your cars engine the way you see fit in order to save money on gas or for more performance?

The implications of using the (dmca) or other laws to prevent people from doing what they want with their devices is ridiculous as well as the implications of it.

If someone like Macguyver jailbreaks their iPhone and breaks into the pentagon with it to set off a bomb....
don't blame the cause on a jailbroken iPhone hence justification for enacting the dmca. I see far too much of this sort of attribution error (I use the term loosely for those who study psychology or sociology).

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