Video Showcases The Many Perfectly Legitimate Reasons To Jailbreak A Device

from the it's-not-about-piracy dept

Anti-circumvention laws, which ban the tools used to do things like copy DVDs and jailbreak devices, make no sense. There are plenty of legitimate uses for these tools, so regulating them inevitably squashes legal activity alongside the infringing activity such regulation is supposed to target. Under the DMCA in the America, this problem is ostensibly addressed by the fact that the Librarian of Congress can exempt certain tools and activities from the anti-circumvention provision every three years—but this solution mostly serves to create bizarre double standards, such as the fact that it's perfectly legal to jailbreak an iPhone, but not an iPod. Meanwhile, Canada is on track to create similar restrictions with the impending passage of Bill C-11.

Proponents of these laws (read: the copyright industries) tend to brush off all concerns about legal activity. In their mind, there's only one reason to circumvent copy protections: piracy. Mario Dabek, editor-in-chief of the jailbreaking website Jailbreak Matrix, just released a video that nicely counters this narrow-minded concept by showcasing 100 reasons to jailbreak an iPhone. The video lists a huge variety of tweaks and customizations, both functional and aesthetic, that have nothing to do with copyright infringement and are only possible with a jailbroken phone (with the apparent cumulative effect of making a girl's tank top disappear).

While jailbreaking iPhones and other cellphones is legal in the U.S. thanks to the exemption process, it's easy to see how the same or similar tweaks should be permitted on virtually any device (especially the near-identical iPod touch, for which making any of these changes is still illegal). While there are a couple of ideas featured that flirt with infringement (using the Nintendo emulator would only be legal if you are playing games you own as cartridges) the vast majority of them are things you have should every right to do on a device that you purchased. Jailbreaking is not about piracy—it's about important rights of ownership, property and fair use that are all being curtailed by anti-circumvention laws.



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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 8:22pm

    Or if you made a homebrew game for that there nintendo

     

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    monkyyy, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 8:41pm

    this is why i use linux, freedom

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 8:51pm

    MPAA: BUT PIRATES!

    Public: Fuck you and your piracy excuse.

    MPAA: PIRAAAAAATES! WE WILL NUKE YOU FROM ORBIT WITH LEGISLATION!

    Public: FUCK YOU!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 8:55pm

    ...she kept her bra on... :(

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    I could do so much more with my car if I could simply quit paying heed to emission controls by ripping them out and doing whatever else may be useful to have my car meet my unique needs.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:09pm

    Re:

    I could do so much more with my car if I could simply quit paying heed to emission controls by ripping them out and doing whatever else may be useful to have my car meet my unique needs.

    And that would be illegal. And yet there are no anti-circumvention laws preventing you from popping the hood and poking around in your engine, nor is it illegal to manufacture and sell wrenches.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:13pm

    Re:

    Sick of the walled garden.

    I dropped my iPhone altogether, got a shiny new Razr Droid.

    Freedom indeed.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Re:

    How this comment ended threaded here I have no idea.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:15pm

    Re:

    "I could do so much more with my car if I could simply quit paying heed to the lug nuts by ripping them out and doing whatever else may be useful to have my tires meet my unique needs."

    FTFY.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Re:

    It's funny how your own analogy completely disproves the point you're trying to make.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Re:

    I brought my 69 vw beetle in one time for emission testing, came out with a better tuned engine.

    wait, were you trying to make a point?

    might want to rethink that one....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Re: Re:

    It's only illegal if you use it on public roads where the rules have been specified that it must meet certain smog and safety requirements. Otherwise, have at it dude, kill yourself on your own private property if you want :)

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 9:54pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually, I recall that there are a few car companies that will void your warranty if you tinker with your car...

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 10:06pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Sure - and Apple can still void your warranty for jailbreaking an iPhone. But that's different from having legal power to prevent such things.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 10:07pm

    Break Out Of Jail => Life On The Run

    The trouble with jailbreaking an Iphone is, you end up living the life of a fugitive on the run, forever looking over your shoulder in fear of the next software update from Apple which will corral you back into the walled garden again.

    Thatís not the way I like to live my life. Is it how you want to live yours? Donít buy anything that ties you into the walled garden in the first place.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 10:36pm

    Re: Re:

    I dropped my iPhone altogether, got a shiny new Razr Droid.

    I hope you rooted that shiny new Razr Droid. Life is much, much better with a rooted android.

     

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    Jesse (profile), Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 10:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Maybe we should see some laws preventing individuals from renovating their house.

    Also, I'm pretty sure the Android can do most of those things. Is rooting illegal?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2012 @ 11:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    lol Yup! ANDROID = problem solved.

     

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    The Mighty Buzzard (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:00am

    Re: Break Out Of Jail => Life On The Run

    You're looking at it from the wrong perspective. All it's really doing is keeping the hippies safely locked away where they won't annoy the rest of us quite as much.

     

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    FuzzyDuck, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:17am

    Wait

    This is a list of things that you can NOT do with a normal iPhone!? What a crippled device! Glad I never bought one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:22am

    Re: Break Out Of Jail => Life On The Run

    Yep. Why live in a jail that you have to break out of? Save yourself the anguish. Just do not go into the jail. Any device, where the manufacturer has deliberately crippled it so as to prevent you from doing stuff, is crippled. Boycott them. Do not buy crippled stuff in general, ever. You paid money for it, you own it, not them.

    Any manufacturer, who fails to exercise their very best efforts to keep you happy, is abusive. No sales for them.

    Enjoy the delights of liberty. Americans are supposed to be very proud of their liberty. You should be outraged that any manufacturer wants to take it away. Tell the abusive manufacturers to go to hell. Buy only from manufacturers that have a record of respecting your liberty. Giving up your precious liberty for the new shiny, means you are a pitiful specimen, ripe for further violation. Use your consumer dollars to send them the right message, not signal your willingness to be a victim. Show some pride, people.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:32am

    Coincidence

    I just finished watching that video then looked on TechDirt and this article appeared. Wow.

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Actually...

    You then have a problem with the cell phone company in having them able to brick your phone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 1:07am

    Re: Re: Break Out Of Jail => Life On The Run

    To be fair, it's kinda hard when the cage is intangible.

     

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    Beech, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 1:18am

    Sort of sad that the one that sticks out most in my mind is @1:53, "Quick access too all apps" Such a professional looking video, and that one typo is now all i can think about.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So you then unbrick it, and unlock it. It's not as hard as people think.

    or better still unlock the Android phone at the same time as you root it. Though your plan (contract) might have conditions if you are not what is called PrePaid here in Australia (throwaway plans I think in US???)

    Or Even better purchase your phone outright and do what the hell you want with it, well except Apple you are bound by Religious fervour then

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:16am

    Re: Re: Break Out Of Jail => Life On The Run

     

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    Svante Jorgensen (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:21am

    Re: Wait

    Indeed, my response as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:36am

    but but but jailbreaking allows the user to download torrents, the horrors the horrors.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 5:00am

    Re: smh

    That just cracked me up.

    On a totally unrelated note, I'm here to give the RIAA a heads up. Listen closely.

    I was chatting with a mate about nothing in particular and he mentioned he had downloaded a bunch of new music last night. So naturally I asked "Where did you get it?" He told me he ripped it from YouTube, then told me about YouTube downloader (which made me feel old and out of touch).

    So yeah, the RIAA wins. File sharing music is pretty much dead. With Spotify and YouTube we have all the "free" music we need. While the RIAA was busy dicking around with Congress, the internet community was busy innovating around them. You guys were so busy trying not to step over dollars to pick up pennies that everyone else scooped up the majority of the pennies. Well done!

    Seems that you can keep ratcheting up the enforcement, as people will just innovate around it. Soon you will have no other option but to directly oppose the 4th Amendment if you want to find those "illegal" files since they will just be copies (yes copies) of legal content on the web.

     

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    Steve R. (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 5:38am

    The Purchaser Has Property Rights Too

    When a person buys a product they acquire a property right to that product. The term "jailbreaking" carries numerous connotations:

    1. Device you "bought" is really not yours.
    2. Concept of "Sale" is being eliminated
    3. Concept of reverse engineering is being eliminated
    4. Manufacturer retains post-sale control over the device.

    Again, there is the ye olde car analogy. Historically, people have been able to modify their cars as they desired. Want install a Ford engine in your Chevy car - go ahead.

    Based on the historical right to tinker with your products, the electronic device industry should not have acquired a right to prohibit people from tinkering. Furthermore, the electronic device industry has no right to deprive the purchaser of their acquired property right when they buy a product.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 6:39am

    Re:

    Actually, that is only illegal in localities that have emissions testing as a requirement for ownership. Here in Oklahoma, we did away with emissions testing well over 12 years ago and it is perfectly legal to do whatever you want to your engine.

     

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    Digital Consumer (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 6:58am

    Problems with this video.

    She kept her bra on.
    She didn't take her bra off.
    We didn't see her assets.

    Other than that, it was great!

    Oh, btw, I can do a majority of those things on my android phone without breaking warranty. Have fun iSuckers;>

     

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    Ninja (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 7:25am

    Aaah the wonders of having an open platform in your cellphone...

    Jailbreaking a device is like downloading a movie from TPB: you don't have to go through unnecessary scenes (bloatware), you can play on any device without region or other restrictions (booo DRM) and you get it in the format you want like x264 (hello cyanogen mods!).

    Makes sense the MAFIAA is against jailbreaking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 7:33am

    Re: Re:

    Actually, there are the equivalent of anti-circumvention measures stating it is illegal to rip these things out, and providing significant penalties and fines for those who do so.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re:

    Cars of that vintage are, to my knowledge, exempt from the requirements.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 7:36am

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    Quite true, which sucks if you are on mile 100 of your 100,000 mile warranty.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 7:38am

    Re: Re:

    Perhaps, but I believe there are federal regulations that come into play, courtesy of the EPA, an agency that makes private companies look like amateurs.

     

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    Lesleyanneyp, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 8:07am

    "you have should every right to do on a device that you purchased. Jailbreaking is not about piracyóit's about important rights of ownership, property and fair use that are all being curtailed by anti-circumvention laws." --I definitely agree with this statement. The phone is yours and you have every right to do what you want with it.

     

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    Arthur (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 8:18am

    Re: Car analogy

    Let's see if you can actually make this analogy work. Whether one agrees or not, it was determined that cars made a significant contribution to pollution which harmed a lot of people.

    Now, what part of a cell phone, tablet, etc matches that scenario? How is jailbreaking that device comparable to disabling emission controls?

    You think these are comparable so go ahead, work with your analogy and explain how this actually works in this argument. Show that you are not as stupid as your analogy makes you look.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re:

    That would only be for manufacturing or commercial ventures. For private use and installation, you are still exempt. Unless the EPA is feeling very petty, which it is known to do on many occasions.

     

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    Some Other AC (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I carry a Droid X2 for personal and a Fascinate for work. Both are rooted and running custom ROMs. Got tired of the slowness caused by carrier/vendor bloatware. Both are considerably quicker and I have the freedom to install only the apps that I feel are relevant to me.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Both are rooted and running custom ROMs. Got tired of the slowness caused by carrier/vendor bloatware.

    Yup. I'd consider this two more reasons to jailbreak a device...

    1) Remove CarrierIQ (which allegedly allows the phone carrier to spy on their users.
    2) Remove bloatware, which nobody uses or wants, but vendors like putting on the phone to make themselves feel like they're providing better service than their competitors.

     

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    Beavis, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Heh, heh...

    You said "but pirates"!

     

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    Chris Maresca, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:53pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    That is very illegal. There was actually a law passed specifically banning car companies from doing that.

     

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    Chris Maresca, Apr 4th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    They are not exempt per say, it's just that they only have to meet emissions requirements existing at the date of manufacture.

    Depending on where you live, there might be some (California started in '67 IRC) or none. You might be, however, exempt from testing requirements, but never exempt from whatever emissions requirements are applicable....

     

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