Apple asking the government for help in its fight against jailbreaking?

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| January 16, 2011


Last July, we saw the Library of Congress add an exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that made jailbreaking iOS devices legal. Apple, obviously not happy about the decision, said that even though jailbreaking was legal, it would still void a product's warranty. Six months later, Apple still hasn't given up on the jailbreaking fight, as a new report claims that the company has turned to the federal government to help curb the practice. In a statement to the U.S. Copyright Office, Apple said that the process of jailbreaking infringes on their copyrighted bootloader and OS. Their full claim is as follows:

"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.”

While there are some aspects of jailbreaking that can certainly infringe on some copyrights, it's tough to say whether or not Apple will have any luck in its most recent pursuit. Also, it's kind of strange that the initial "jailbreaking is legal" decision was made back in July, but Apple is just now trying to fight it.  How do you think the company will fare in their latest battle against jailbreaking?

Via MacStories, NBC