Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Posted Feb 13, 2009 16:50 UTC (Fri) by heinlein
Parent article: Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Personally, I think iPhone users ought to be able to gain control of their hardware.
There's a legitimate question of public interest here, however, if you change the metaphor a
bit. The EFF says that Apple's argument can be translated into automotive terms:
One need only transpose Apple's arguments to the world of automobiles to
recognize their absurdity. Sure, GM might tell us that, for our own safety, all servicing should be
done by an authorized GM dealer using only genuine GM parts. Toyota might say that swapping
your engine could reduce the reliability of your car. And Mazda could say that those who throw a
supercharger on their Miatas frequently exceed the legal speed limit.
There's only a partial truth here. No one should be legally prevented from modifying his
own vehicle -- but that doesn't mean that everyone who modifies a vehicle should be allowed to
operate it on public roads.
iPhones are not simply private computing devices. They also operate on a shared, crucial
telephony infrastructure. It's legitimate to ask how "street legal" translates into telephony.
Apple's problem is that it thinks it should be the arbiter here, hence the appeal to the
DMCA. No private entity should have that right.
So who should? What entity defines and enforces the public good in telephony
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