Originally Posted by Madman340
Question: If they are trying to stop jailbreaking now that it is legal, does that mean if they do it would be illegal?
They are not actually trying to stop the act of jailbreaking itself, but the distribution of jailbreaking for others if I understand the horribly written first article. Jailbreaking your device is not illegal. Jailbreaking another person's and charging for it is an entirely different story from a legal standpoint. A lot of people are asking why not just after the people who are pirating stuff or offering pirated stuff. Apple probably decided that due to the following reasons:
- You cannot run themes, cracked apps, and cracked books without first jailbreaking the device. Stop the number people that can easily get their phones jailbroken, stop a large number of people from getting access to those cracked stuff in the first place.
- Sites that offer cracked apps and stuff generally respond to legal pressure much less cooperatively than singular hackers or jailbreak offering people. Often, they are also located in areas with more sympathetic laws towards piracy or in some cases, no laws at all. It is typically not legally worth it to pursue these people.