Apple is being sued for copyright infringement by Jigsaw Entertainment, an Australian TV production company. The iPhone app, Chopper Soundboard, contained material lifted without permission from one of Jigsaw's shows, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, and the company reckons that Apple should have done more to prevent its sale.
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Following a ruling this week by the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress, it's not illegal to jailbreak an iPhone. Hurrah! It's the latest clash subcultures: Apple fans vs. the iPhone anarchists, aka the iOS Flash fanatics.
Yesterday I came across an interesting piece on AppleInsider which mentioned how Mozilla (and Skype) now supports the EFF's request for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act related to iPhone jailbreaking. Is Mozilla after Apple's halo?
Software titans Mozilla and Skype have thrown their support behind the EFF and the iPhone jailbreaking community. A new filling with the US Copyright Office seeks an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) related to iPhone jailbreaking.
Nice piece from Saul Hansell in the Times around Apple's copyright claims on iPhone jailbreaking. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a filing (PDF) with the Copyright Office, urged an exception to copyright law that would allow customers to jailbreak the iPhone.
I was reading the post Apple: iPhone jailbreaking violates our copyright by CNET's Tom Krazit. If Tom's post is correct, it reminds me a bit of the saber rattling that the SCO Group used early in its campaign to assert ownership of UNIX.
It seems that Apple is growing tired of iPhone jailbreakers getting a free ride and is pushing to make jailbreaking illegal.
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