Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jul 2010 17:48 UTC
Legal So, there I am enjoying a nice Gilmore Girls episode after a long day's work, and Engadget's iPhone application brings the good news: the US Library of Congress has added a DMCA exemption for jailbreaking or rooting mobile phones! This is a major blow to Apple, who actively tried to keep jailbreaking a criminal offence, and a major win for everyone who believes that the phone you buy is actually yours, and not the manufacturer's.
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RE: Big Loss for Apple??
by Soulbender on Mon 26th Jul 2010 19:16 UTC in reply to "Big Loss for Apple??"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Possibly, but Apple's the only one who said it is illegal. Other companies settle for voiding your warranty, which is the sane option. It's not like it's illegal to modify your Ford or B&O stereo or Yamaha motorcycle etc (as long as it's within the applicable law). There's no reason IT has to be different in this regard.

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RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jul 2010 21:01 in reply to "RE: Big Loss for Apple??"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Rubbish. Software is software. Changing the software doesn’t void the warranty. At most they can ask you to reformat the device before they will repair it.

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JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

I'm guessing you're blissfully unaware of the reality that there are hardware designs where bugs in software can cause things to self-destruct by accident, as it only takes a little access in the wrong memory addresses to cause hardware-fatal issues. Look it up: there's a lot of devices that have that issue, and have in the past. I'm not aware of any currently being sold, but... perhaps that's because they're not talked about, or people don't often hack things enough to have that become well-known. I distinctly remember having to have my hand at the ready to turn my CRT monitor off very quickly when I was testing various resolutions for X Windows installations, or Windows resolution tests (before XP). Yup, I could have destroyed my monitor via software, and my monitor wasn't remotely unique in that.

If hardware came in for repair and it was something along the lines of fatal hardware death somehow that's brought about by software, they'd be fully in their right to tell you to go jump in a lake, it's not their fault, it's yours!

And even without fatal hardware issues like that, without the developer having full control over software, if modified software is running, it may make the device not work as designed, and make someone think the hardware has failed, when it's really just buggy software: why should a manufacturer have to warrant against that?

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RE[3]: Big Loss for Apple??
by Karitku on Tue 27th Jul 2010 06:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

Rubbish. Software is software. Changing the software doesn’t void the warranty. At most they can ask you to reformat the device before they will repair it.

Not if that can cause damage to product. Overclocking with software can cause hardware problems that aren't covered by warranty and never will. Perfect example is car "chipping", basicly what you do is rewrite engine parameters that will allow better performance. However if you blow engine or something good luck getting that on warranty.

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RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??
by dukes on Thu 29th Jul 2010 02:05 in reply to "RE: Big Loss for Apple??"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

My question was how is it a "Big Loss for Apple" [specifically]? The explicit terms of this [law] doesn't single one company out. It will affect any phone maker.

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