Last month, we reported that jailbreaking might become illegal this year. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was asking for everyone’s help in its fight to keep jailbreaking legal.
EFF suggested leaving a comment on the Copyright Office’s comment board to show your support.
The board closed on 10 February 2012. The Copyright Office has recently published everyone’s entries. Despite just 673 comments submitted, some big names turned out to defend jailbreaking, including well-known jail breaker and hacker Saurik.
Jay Freeman, also known as Saurik is the creator of Cydi. He filled up 6 pages with opinions and evidence on why jailbreaking should remain legal. Here is an excerpt from his comment:
“In order to bypass these restrictions, some developers have taken it upon themselves to help users escape the “jails” in which they feel manufacturers have them trapped. The resulting tools allow consumers of closed devices to install software from arbitrary parties and with no technical limitations. Depending on the device community, and the exact level of control granted, different terms are used for the process—”bootloader unlock,” “rooting,” “jailbreaking”— though the overall result is the same.
This process is not easy, and comes with many caveats. Upgrading the vendor-supplied software on the device can become more difficult, specifically as the vendor often attempts to re-assert their control during the process…”
If you want to read the entire thing that Saurik said, you can check out the comment # 14 written by Saurik here. The name here is SaurikIT and the real name of hacker Jay Freeman has also been mentioned.
Jailbreaking had been legalized in 2010. The decision to legalize jailbreaking is to expire this year. If the Copyright Office does not renew its exemption, jailbreaking will become illegal.
Do you believe that jailbreaking should remain legal. Voice your opinion.
Source: iDownload Blog