The New York Times through Computerworld reports: Apple Loses Bid to Criminalize iPhone Jailbreaking. Yet another example of how corporations are attempting to continue to criminalize behavior that they deem reduces their profit margins. I guess competition will no longer be based on making the best product for the consumer. Use the product in the "wrong" manner, do not pass go - go directly to jail. So much for the free-market. Furthermore, how is it that corporations have been able to "buy" this type of legislation. Also when you buy a product you acquire a property right to use that product as you see fit (within certain reasonable limitations of course). So if you want to monkey around with it, why should that be considered a criminal activity?
Gregg Keizer of Computerworld wrote: "Apple lost its bid today to criminalize "jailbreaking," the practice of hacking an iPhone to install unauthorized apps on the smartphone, according to a decision by the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress."
In related news, TechDirt reported: Motorola Does Openness Wrong; Bricks Your Droid X If You Tamper Mike Masnick wrote: "Part of the key selling point of the whole concept of Android-based smartphones was that they were open to tinkering. Apparently, Motorola thinks somewhat differently about that. paperbag was the first of a whole bunch of you to point to variations on the story that Motorola has put a thing called "eFuse" on the Droid X which will effectively brick your phone if you try to mess with the software."