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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Comment by jason_ff
by jason_ff on Wed 29th Jul 2009 17:44 UTC
jason_ff
Member since:
2006-06-29

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all go out of their way to lock down their gaming consoles. Why? Because they make their money from selling games. This isn't all that different from Apple making money from selling apps for their devices (No, Apple's devices are not sold at a loss like the game consoles usually are for a while, and no there haven't always been an App Store).

But Apple, like the console makers, has a vested interest in selling "Official Add-ons" for their device. Is it any wonder they want to protect this?

Having said that, my opinion is: secure your device, but don't go too far out of your way to do so. Jailbreakers will *always* find a way in, but you've at least got to put up a fight (I'm looking at you, Dreamcast...).

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Apple limiting the distribution channel for iPhone apps would be fine if they didn't limit what apps get to be included so much and so arbitrarily. Third party software repositories also wouldn't be in such high demand. Publish clear minimum software qualifications and get on with it rather stomping on the consumer's choice of what to install on there possessions.

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jason_ff Member since:
2006-06-29

It's much easier to get an app into the App Store than it is to get a Game onto a console.

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