Earlier today we reported on the recently released iOS 5 jailbreak tool called Ac1dSn0w. The Mac-only utility came from the Pwn Dev Team, who aren’t as highly regarded as the Dev and Chronic Dev teams, but they’re well-known.

With that in mind, we posted a tutorial, as we always do, on how to jailbreak your iOS 5 device using the new software. We’ve since learned that Ac1dSn0w contains Apple’s copyrighted code, so therefore it’s illegal to use…

MuscleNerd, a prominent figure in the jailbreak community, just explained the problem on the MMI forums:

Typically, hackers reverse-engineer Apple’s code to make it their own, so it doesn’t infringe on any copyrights. Ac1dSn0w, however, doesn’t follow this trend. So that’s why we have decided to pull the download link, and can’t recommend the software until it is fixed.

We’ve reached out to the Pwn Dev Team, but they have not yet given a comment on the situation.

Update: Ac1dSn0w Beta 2 has been released, and the software fixes the copyright issues mentioned in this article.

  • Actually, that image is from the Modmyi news site. I was the original person to screenshot it.

    • I was also the person who tweeted it.

      • Anonymous

        Well aren’t u just the master tweeter (sarcasm) IDB give this man a job

      • Actually it was I who tweeted it and I wrote article as well!!!

      • I am also the famous writer of the Harry potter books under my pen name jk Rowling

    • Anonymous

      Give yourself a big pat on the back why don’t cha.

      • Anonymous

        LOL read that with a brit accent.

      • Anonymous

        Wtf is a Brit accent ? We all speak different. 

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I’m sorry. Gregr88, y u cry?

    • Anonymous

      Somebody give this guy a cookie.. Lol

  • Anonymous

    Who cares? I’m pretty sure all music is copyrighted but does anyone bother paying for it. Doubt Apple will bother anyone who uses it

    • Anonymous

      Trust me Apple would care, if they didn’t care then why do they patch the holes the Dev Teams use to unlock and jailbreak? We all know Apple is very serious about that, now imagine if they find out this jailbreak tool uses their very own code? They will have a fit and down you and the creators down for using their code.

      • Absolutely. They also need to protect their image. If they let jail breakers roam free with their exploits, then other hackers who aren’t legit will abuse it which can cause a PR fail for them.

  • Anonymous

    Hand up to iDB for fulling the download link. It should be done the right way.

  • Anonymous

    In real news, hacker p0sixninja will be giving really important announcements in the next few hours, hopefully regarding a Greenpois0n untethered iOS 5 jailbreak.

    • Anonymous

      Where did you hear this from as I haven’t seen anything on his Twitter account?