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A rather convoluted report by NBC claims that Apple is attempting to prevent users from both jailbreaking and unlocking their devices. GeoHot was recently sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3, so Apple may be taking this opportunity to pursue a similar claim.

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“Current jailbreak 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,” Apple told the U.S. Copyright Office.
Apple may have missed the memo, but as of six months ago, both unlocking and jailbreaking have been deemed legal by the DMCA. Now, the law holds true for noninfringing uses, so users who download cracked software appear to be fair game for persecution. The only way to stop piracy is to stop jailbreaking—but due to DMCA’s exemption and the sheer tenacity of hackers, don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

Relevant bits of the DMCA statement after the break in the full article
Edit: I forgot teh source. Luckily I quoted enough of the article. OCN was satisfied.
Edited by wh-ATI - 1/18/11 at 2:40pm
    
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Neither Sony or Apple have a case. Only the lawyers will profit from this.
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Neither Sony or Apple have a case. Only the lawyers will profit from this.
this.

can't really do much now that the DMCA allows it.
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sauce?
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Why do these companies do the dumb thing and try to limit the potential of their product? Seriously, that's what's holding the ifad's competition back is locked and controlled software. If they spent less time trying to control people and more time working on the complaints they'd have spent less money and earned more money. I just don't get it.
     
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Wait did I miss something. That article states Geohot was sued by Sony..Last I looked Sony were creating a case. Geohot has not actually been sued by anyone.
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Why do these companies do the dumb thing and try to limit the potential of their product? Seriously, that's what's holding the ifad's competition back is locked and controlled software. If they spent less time trying to control people and more time working on the complaints they'd have spent less money and earned more money. I just don't get it.
Because these companies intended to make most of their revenue from the paid apps and games assoicated with the iphone and PS3. Big legit bucks are made from selling licences to third parties, and getting royalties etc. from these apps. If a free open source type software can replace most of whats in the store, there goes a big chunk of moolah. More "potential" bucks are lost if people can obtain legit apps for free instead of paying for them.

Luckily apple has the luxury of selling underpar hardware for half a grand like hot cakes while Sony looses money for each ps3 sold.
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fail

that is all
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Because these companies intended to make most of their revenue from the paid apps and games assoicated with the iphone and PS3. Big legit bucks are made from selling licences to third parties, and getting royalties etc. from these apps. If a free open source type software can replace most of whats in the store, there goes a big chunk of moolah. More "potential" bucks are lost if people can obtain legit apps for free instead of paying for them.

Luckily apple has the luxury of selling underpar hardware for half a grand like hot cakes while Sony looses money for each ps3 sold.
That's right I forget they focus on "renting" software when they should focus on the one thing they can control; the hardware. Maybe I'm out of touch but wouldn't more consumers buy something that they can do more with than something they can do less with? That's why I feel angry every time I read about someone releasing a "tablet" and it has all these great specs (nvidia's cpu) and then they cripple it with pathetic software. It makes no sense to waste money making a powerhouse if you never will give it the directions (software) to perform to it's fullest. No business should ever go after "potential" bucks (software sales) when it has "realizable" bucks (hardware sales) to be had.

And seriously, Sony should not be losing money anymore for the PS3. I thought they broke even a year or two back?
     
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Why do these companies do the dumb thing and try to limit the potential of their product? Seriously, that's what's holding the ifad's competition back is locked and controlled software. If they spent less time trying to control people and more time working on the complaints they'd have spent less money and earned more money. I just don't get it.
Companies don't mind unlocking the potential of their products, but it does have to be on their terms, usually to generate more revenues. This way, they can release it in a new device or update and go "Hey look at what we just did!" The best example of this would be Daniel_K who discovered that Creative purposely software locked certain existing features of the X-Fi sound cards to try to force users to "upgrade" to their newly released X-Fi v2 to get those features again. Now Daniel had been working on Creative drivers since the Audigy days with the full blessings of Creative UNTIL he unlocked those features for the X-Fi and incurred the wrath and a cease and desist letter from Creative, due to it messing up their marketing strategy.
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