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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Why is this such a big deal???
by nathbeadle on Wed 29th Jul 2009 20:32 UTC
nathbeadle
Member since:
2006-08-08

Am I the only one who is happy with their iPhone? It works great, I've got some good apps in use on it. I know there are limitations, but I purchased it anyway.

If people are buying the phone BEFORE researching what it can do and then complaining... their fault. If they are buying it and wanting to change it, then go for it. Just don't expect the exact same support and features as if you were "playing the game" properly.

This happens ALL THE TIME. Microsoft did this with Xbox users who had "jailbroken" their Xbox with new chips or hacks. They are permanently banned from connecting to Xbox Live... and the backlash we got from that was...... um..... lemme see here.......

The company has every right to do this. The consumer has the choice to buy or not, and if they do to either live it the shortcomings or hack away knowing you're going to miss out on somethings!!

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reflect Member since:
2007-07-10

Sorry, this isn't about what the iphone can or can't do. It's about the business practice of Apple Inc.

Your entire post is about people not researching enough. What about those who're tired of getting *screwed* over and over, about not being able to do as they want, with the hardware they bought? Like apple not approving their google voip application, for instance? Over the past 12-18 months there's been TOO many of these instances to keep apple's reputation over the water.

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Syirrus Member since:
2009-05-05

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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