According to NBC, Apple has filed a request to the Federal Government to stop “hackers” from jailbreaking the iPhone.

Even though jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone had been officially made legal by the government back in July of 2010, Apple has still made an effort to halt jailbreaking. NBC reports Apple has told the U.S Copyrights Office the following:

Current jailbreaking technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs.

It’s kind of ironic this move comes right after Sony filed a lawsuit against George Hotz (Geohot), infamous iPhone and PS3 hacker for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3.

Will Apple follow Sony and file lawsuits against iPhone hackers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[Mac Daily News]

  • babeh

    hmm i think the copyright is forbid us to copy it and to share it. But i still believe that if i copy it, clone it, or modify it is ok if i use it for my own.

    • Dirk

      Your not jailbreaking tho, you’re running a program developed by hackers that have found an exploit… You essentially just click a button and it’s done….

      • babeh

        nope, i did escape aka had jailbreaking. Comex just send me the plastic bomb used for jailbreak.

  • Night

    Following the same logic, buying a book and putting notes on the margin shouldn’t also be illegal?

    • scrotum-head

      good fucking point!

      • Maxi

        Well, if that’s illegal then I’m fucked! :S

  • Shrike1978

    Apple is never going to make it stick. No jailbreaks distribute copywritten code. They modify the code on the end users machine/device for purposes of competition and interoperability, which is completely legal, and always has been. The DMCA has always allowed for that..the recent decision was only a clarification that the clause did indeed apply to mobile phones. If the Dev Team, or Chronic, or Comex, or any others were themselves distributing code with an Apple copywrite on it, this would be a different story entirely. I’m sure they know this, but in the light of Sony’s lawsuits, they don’t want to look weak.

    • DomPerignon

      Yeap; You are 100% right. The Dev Team distributes a code for free without an Apple copyright. This lawsuit is not going anywhere.

  • Fojam

    No! Im gonna cry if apple wins because the whole reason i bought my ipod was to jailbreak it. Otherwise i would have bought an android based device

    • You can root an Android device.

      • Al

        Alex, I agree with you 100%. if it wasn’t because of the jailbreak I would have never bought my iPhone 4! Period.

    • You can root an Android device. To simplify, its just like jailbreaking. And it allows root acess to the device.

  • AmirM

    I think apple are being retards even thouhg im a real apple geek,by jailbreaking you get the best out of the device, if apple want to stop people to stop copyright apps they can make them take installous out of cydia and also if they want to stop unlocking take ultrasn0w out. I mean we want to get the most out of tge device we paid for, the devices aren’t cheap.

  • MALdito

    The way I see it, this is tantamount to buying a car that is completely stock, and then buying and applying aftermarket parts for it. You modifying it to work differently then the manufacturere intended but in the end it’s still yours. And in some cases you also re-program the engine’s computer aswell. So If jailbreaking and unlocking is made illegal then by the same logic so should after market car modifications illegal too.

  • Les

    I think Iphone is turning like MS, I was talking to a MS agent last year who informed me that I don’t own Windows 7, I have only brought the right to use it LOL. Let me tell you I saw RED when I was told that LOL.. Iphone is good but when it is jail-braked it ROCK!

  • Ibnusulis

    Since Apple decided to include apps like FakeMail in their appstore and left us at the mercy of their users, the lagility of jb pretty much speaks for itself. Iphone owners are free to mofidy their phone the way they want. Legally speaking, what hackers should watch for is perhaps to not get caught redhanded while distributing their software

  • aaron

    the day apple wins that ruling is the day they come to an end as we know it!! Lame move apple start selling your products UNLOCKED! Sales will skyrocket!

  • Leon

    “Current jailbreaking technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs.”

    I think the above sentence is bullsh!t. To my understanding, Copyright Infringement or aka Piracy is when one reproduces and shares exact or similar copies of the original work without proper authorization.

    Since when did the jailbreak communities reproduce and share the iOS? What they have done is simply modify THE ORIGINAL COPY OF iOS BOUGHT FROM APPLE to unleash the full potential of the system which is held back by the original producer. THERE IS NO UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION OR DUPLICATION RESULTING IN SHARING OF THE ORIGINAL iOS.

    The sentence Apple made no sense and is not valid at all. The most they can do is not to acknowledge the modification thus refuse support for their produce as the consequence of the owner’s action which is what they are doing, voiding the warranty.

    It is just like when you bought a car and you are told not to change the color, change the engine or add neon lights and if you do so you have infringed the copyrights. wth?!

  • BK

    Beside some great points made on the other comments, one I would add is why should the US government help a Chinese company?

  • Jason

    I wouldnt buy an iphone if there is no jailbreak anymore..original iphone is good but jailbroken iphone is much better!!

  • Daniel

    When I first purchased my iPhone 3GS I thought that I was jailbreaking to simply unlock it from the network (carrier) now I realise that jailbreaking my iPhone makes it a brilliant phone – sb settings, bite SMS, call lock, mywi … I love my JB iPhone because it’s significant improved!

  • Vicky

    I think it’s a FREE WORLD n when I buy a PHONE I should have the RIGHT to do what I please to.. This MONOPLY of keeping a phone locked is just NOT FAIR…

    How would MR STEVE job react too.. When…IF he buys a house of his choice n can’t modify it…

    Think Dude think
    Cheers !!!

  • Vicky_obee

    I think it’s a FREE WORLD n when I buy a PHONE I should have the RIGHT to do what I please to.. This MONOPLY of keeping a phone locked is just NOT FAIR…

    How would MR job react too.. When…IF he buys a house of his choice n can’t modify it…

    Think Dude think
    Cheers !!!

  • Fike

    Agreeing with most comments. We own our device, we own the copy of iOS it’s running. Apple don’t have any control of our devices, we buy it, it’s ours, not theirs. That’s the way I see it.

  • Anyone leaving the comment “I bought it so I can do what I want with it” is completely juvenile. Can you buy a car and get drunk and drive 90 an hour to a school? Can you shoot firearms in public with reckless abandon? You OWNING these things doesn’t give you permission to do whatever you want with them.

    That said, I’m embarrassed to be part of the jailbreak community when I read nonsense comments by teens and tweens that aren’t looking at anything other than their own happiness.

    The reason Apple is bringing this back up again after losing previously is because they see that Sony is leaning heavily on ‘Pirating’ as a good reason to put an end to homebrew. If cydia statistics are correct, and 10% of iOS devices are jailbroken, that would indicate that developers are losing as much as 10% profits from Install0us alone. Granted, a lot of the jailbreak community condemns hackulous on an ethical level, but many more than that have no problems with downloading all the free software they please. Often the most expensive software is pirated (GPS software and such) so these companies are losing many thousands of dollars in income.

    Recently, another jailbreak tweak was announced that would potentially destroy the GameCenter score keeping system and PISS OFF Apple brass in a big way. The dev later stated that in response to overwelming opposition, he wouldn’t be releasing it publicly but would give out the software to a few individuals privately. This is BS. This is worse than if it was released publicly.

    And you see, this ONE bad seed can RUIN the entire GameCenter experience for MILLIONS of users. By your ‘I bought it, I can do what I want with it’ logic, he hasn’t done anything wrong. He simply wrote code that would spoof a legit highscore in game center on his own device… and then that score gets uploaded by Game Center to the cloud.

    Another thing – do any of you enjoy Netflix? Well, the reason we have netflix for iOS while android users aren’t enjoying it yet, is BECAUSE of Apples perceived ‘secure’ walled garden. Companies need to have confidence that they can be successful selling a product without there being risk of piracy. If people keep making waves with GameCenter, and the new ‘reverse bit torrent’ install0us, then OBVIOUSLY Apple is forced to respond.

    Apple was just getting comfortable with jailbreaking (i.e. removal of the jailbreak detection API in new iOS releases) when everyone decided to abuse it. Homebrew and tweaks are one thing, Cyber vandalism and Piracy are completely different.

    • Nick

      Yes we should be able to do whatever we want with it, as long as it’s not criminal. You can’t draw a parallel between consumer freedom and criminal activity like that, assuming when it’s convenient that the consumer must be up to no good when he demands freedom.

  • Ibnusulis

    Ok folks, Musclenerd just said in his tweet that the quotes indicating this Apple’s recent move are “old”. They were already there before jb/ul were pronounced legal. So, false alarm? 🙂

  • Ibnusulis

    Ok folks, Musclenerd just said in his tweet that the quotes indicating this Apple’s recent move are “old”. They were already there before jb/ul were pronounced legal. So, false alarm?