Is Apple Suggesting That The DMCA Prevents Terrorism?
from the yeah,-that's-believable dept
The EFF is trying to get a DMCA exemption from the Library of Congress for people who jailbreak their iPhones (if history is any indication, this won’t happen — the Library of Congress never seems to care about consumer rights). However, Apple’s response to the Library of Congress, suggesting that open or jailbroken iPhones could be used by terrorists to bring down cell towers is both preposterous and totally unrelated to the issue at hand. First it’s preposterous, as there are plenty of “open” devices out there already, and there has yet to be a single report of anyone taking down a cell tower with their mobile phone.
But, much more to the point: the point of copyright is not to protect us from terrorists taking down cell towers. If we, as a country, are relying on the DMCA to protect us from terrorists who don’t want us making phone calls, we’ve got bigger problems. Even if it were true that terrorists could take down cell towers with an open mobile phone, does anyone actually think they’d shy away from doing so because it violated the DMCA? It’s not like that’s going to make much of a difference at all. It’s entirely meaningless to the question of whether or not legal buyers of a mobile device should have the right to place whatever legal software they want on the device.