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I just saw on a post that Jailbreaking was highly illegal. Is this true? I thought that you can do what ever you like with the hardware you have brought, so that means Jailbreaking is not illegal. Also the only illegal thing about it is if you download apps for free.

Can someone tell me the legality of jailbreaking? :D What is the legality of Jailbreaking?

asked Jun 03 '10 at 07:43

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closed Jun 04 '10 at 18:18

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Craighton ♦♦

Jailbreaking is somewhat legal, although you must take note that you WILL violate Apple's EULA and you could be fined for some higher reason. It will void your warranty, but just restore the firmware that Apple released, and you will be able to take it in.

Applications-wise, it may be illegal, because I believe that it counts as pirating (maybe, maybe not, perhaps someone could enlighten all of us?)

(Jun 03 '10 at 08:52) Apple iGeek Apple%20iGeek's gravatar image

The question has been closed for the following reason "Too subjective and argumentative" by Craighton Jun 04 '10 at 18:18

It's not illegal, but as mentioned, it does violate Apple's EULA. However, if you need warranty service or anything else, you can always just go back to the regular official firmware before taking your iPhone in. Back in the days of hardware unlocking and other invasive measures of altering the iPhone I would say would be damaging and then would not entitle you to warranty service, but software jailbreaking is able to be reversed, so I don't see what the big deal is, personally.

answered Jun 03 '10 at 08:12

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You can say all kinds of things like "I bought it, I can do whatever I want with it", but jailbreaking is against Apple's EULA.

This doesn't mean the police can arrest you for jailbreaking, but Apple won't like it and won't give you any support on your iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.

Also, I'm not sure if this question is allowed, but I'll just answer...

answered Jun 03 '10 at 07:58

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Jailbreaking is LEGAL, but violates Apple's EULA.

[Insert Car Manufacturer Here] states modifications to the engine will void the warranty, but you enhance the performance via 3rd Party Modifications (ie. NOS, Performance Chips, Blower, etc.)

Imagine if Caroll Shelby, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, etc. didn't jailbreak/modify/tweak. Ingenuity is what most American Success Stories are made of.

Note: I Jailbroke my iPhones & iPads for Performance | Security | Functionality | Etc. Many non-iPhones tether without additional charges to their data plan. VOIP on non-iPhones. GPS navigation tethered to external GPS unit. Bluetooth keyboard/mouse/camera. MMS has been on many non-iPhones for years. Skype is going to place additional charges on iPhones. Prior to iPhones, I've purchased 3rd Party mobile apps without fear of AT&T, T-mobile, HP, Nokia remotely removing them. My Apple Kill Switch is disabled.

I do NOT condone Illegal Acts like Pirating/Stealing. I do Try before I Buy! That option is usually missing from the app store.

answered Jun 03 '10 at 11:22

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In MY Mind I believe Jailbreaking an IPOD is illegal because all of these people work hard to Develop good stuff for an Ipod and you are just stealing it from them..

answered Jun 03 '10 at 11:31

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Robert Hill

It is not illegal to jailbreak. Apple wants to make it illegal, because they want all their devices to be closed, and they want to have complete control over what goes on them. Jailbreaking does, however, void your warranty, but if you simply restore your iPod, they have no way of knowing. The only illegal part of jailbreaking is pirating apps, which I do not suggest.

answered Jun 03 '10 at 11:50

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It's not illegal but it's against Apple's EULA. This means that if your device ever has a software issue and breaks they won't fix it for you.

answered Jun 03 '10 at 15:14

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It is against Apple's EULA but I really want it to be illegal (right now it voids your warranty). At this point in time it is legal but it really needs to be illegal!

answered Jun 03 '10 at 08:08

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