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New government rules allow unapproved iPhone apps

US copyright law was modified on Monday (July 26,2010) to make it legal to hack smartphones such as iPhones to switch telecom service providers or install applications without Apple’s approval.

The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized use of copyright-protected material. The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorizes exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected works.

For iPhone jailbreakers, the new rules effectively legitimize a practice that has been operating in a legal gray area by exempting it from liability. Apple claims that jailbreaking is an unauthorized modification of its software.

Mario Ciabarra, founder of Rock Your Phone, which calls itself an “independent iPhone application store,” said the rules mark the first step toward opening the iPhone app market to competition and removing the “handcuffs” that Apple imposes on developers that want to reach users of the wildly popular device.

Unless users unlock their handsets, they can only download apps from Apple’s iTunes store. Software developers must get such apps pre-approved by Apple, which sometimes demands changes or rejects programs for what developers say are vague reasons.

Ciabarra noted that Google Inc. has taken a different approach with its Android operating system, which is emerging as the biggest competitor to the iPhone. Google allows users of Android phones to download applications from outside the Android Market. Although Apple has never prosecuted anyone for jailbreaking, it does use software upgrades to disable jailbroken phones, and the new government rules won’t put a stop to that. That means owners of such phones might not be able to take advantage of software improvements, and they still run the risk of voiding their warranty.

Apple spokesman Natalie Kerris said Monday that the company is concerned about jailbreaking because the practice can make an iPhone unstable and unreliable.

“Apple’s goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone, and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience,” she said.

In addition to jailbreaking, other exemptions announced Monday would:

– allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

– allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

– allow college professors, film students, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.

– allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.

– allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

Although the jailbreaking exemption is new, all the others are similar to the last set of exemptions, which were announced in November 2006. The new rules take effect Tuesday and are expected to last a few years.

The exceptions are a big victory for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had urged the Library of Congress to legalize several of them, including the two regarding cell phones.

Jennifer Stisa Granick, EFF’s civil liberties director, said the rules are based on an important principle: Consumers should be allowed to use and modify the devices that they purchase the way they want. “If you bought it, you own it,” she said.


How to jailbreak iphone / ipod touch and install cydia

What is Cydia?

Cydia is a iPhone program via which you can download softwares on your Jailbroken iPhone 3G / 2G / 3Gs or iPod Touch running firmware 2.x / 3.0. A stock iPhone / iPod Touch can only download apps from the official Apple iTunes App Store; however Cydia being open source bring to you much more option. For users who have used Installer on iPhone 1.x; “Cydia is a v similar App”.

What is Jailbreak / Jailbroken iPhone?

“When you want to add ringtones, change wallpaper, or run third-party applications on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you need to perform a task called “jailbreaking”. What this does is to open up your iPhone’s file system so it can be accessed from your computer.”

How to install / get Cydia on iPhone or iPod Touch?

Yeah now you are talking business! Cydia and Installer get automatically installed when you JailBreak your iPhone. Just identify which firmware version you are running and look for a jailbreaking solution. Almost all versions of iPhone / iPod Touch can be jailbreaked.

How to Purchase Apps from Cydia: Click Here

How to Jailbreak my iPhone!!

Well Well! You will need to download several files and run a simple process to do this. A tool called QuickPwn is a simple GUI solution that works on PC. Listed below are the links for latest iPhone / iTouch Jailbreaks.

Update: Use the latest version of Redsn0w to Jailbreak and Ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone OS 3.0 or earlier. Get the downloads  at the bottom of this page.

How to jailbreak your iPhone or iTouch to get Cydia

Top 10 Cydia / Jailbreak Apps For 3.0 & 3.0.1 iPhone / iPod Touch Part 1 of 2

Apple 3.0.1 Firmware Update / Top 10 Cydia Apps Part 2 of 2

Easy Jailbreak for iPod Touch 2G (Tethered) with Cydia and Installer

(Below) are some important download links for the Apple iPhone and the iPod touch. These are firmwares, jailbreaking tools and bootloaders that you shall require.

Once you have downloaded the firmware (.ipsw file) require you can simply press shift+Restore/Update button (option+Restore/update for Mac) in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw file. Downloading the file manually lets you chose the version you want to load instead of the latest version that iTunes will load by default.

Firmware files for the iPhone ‘3GS’ / ‘3G s’ (third generation)

Firmware v3.1.2

Firmware 3.1

Firmware v3.01 {iPhone 3G S (3.0.1/7A400)}

Firmware v3.0 {iPhone 3G S (3.0/7A341)}

for the iPhone 3G (second generation)

firmware 3.1.2

firmware 3.1

firmware v3.01 {iPhone 3G (3.0.1/7A400)}

firmware v3.0 {iPhone 3G (3.0/7A341)}

firmware v2.2.1 {iPhone 3G (2.2.1/5H11)}

firmware v2.2 {iPhone 3G (2.2/5G77)}

firmware v2.1 {iPhone 3G (2.1/5F136)}

firmware v2.0.2 {iPhone 3G (2.0.2/5C1)}

firmware v2.0.1 {iPhone 3G (2.0.1/5B108)}

firmware v2.0 {iPhone 3G (2.0/5A347)}

for the iPhone 2G (first generation)

for the iPhone ‘3GS’ / ‘3G s’ (third generation)

for the iPhone 3G (second generation)

for the iPhone 2G (first generation)

for the iPod touch

for the iPod touch

files for the iPod touch 2G

Download iPhone Bootloader version 3.9 and v4.6 here

The bootloaders are generally useful while jailbreaking / unlocking the old iPhone 2G aka First generation.

Also coming up – Downloads for all Apple iPods