Back in July changes to the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) made it legal for you to jailbreak your smartphone, this was something that Apple wasn’t happy with and they responded at the time saying that jailbreaking your iPhone could void your warranty.
Now it seems that Apple wants the DMCA rules changed back to the way they were before July, according to a report by NBC, and Apple are saying that jailbreaking your iPhone infringes on their copyrights.
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.
It will be interesting to see if Apple manages to get anywhere with this, we suspect not, as the DMCA changes applies to all smartphones not just Apple’s, so unless all the smartphone makes come together and complain about jailbreaking we cant see the rules being changes.
Whilst companies like Apple have fought the jailbreakers from the start, we are starting to see other companies like Microsoft in talks with jailbreakers about bringing homebrew applications to their new Windows Phone 7 platform.