Friday, July 30, 2010


This week, the Librarian of Congress ruled that “jailbreaking” your smart phone is not a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Many in the tech world cheered, but Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society says that although you can break free from jail, the doors are not necessarily open.

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Comments [6]

Bacchus Grant from Raleigh, NC

Jonathan Zittrain made a good point but he also should realize how things work with jailbreaking. I dont believe that he fully understands what it is. Although you are opening the device up for more possibilities there are things that you are not able to do after a jailbreak. One being run on Verizon's network.

Nov. 09 2010 05:18 PM
Terrence Moore from Silver Spring, MD

Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society sounds clueless. People aren't jailbreaking their phone to run on Verizon's network because they'd need a different chip. They jailbreak to tether or create a wifi spot or to use flash or use a rogue app. Even with T-mobile there would be issues with using data in a jailbroken iphone. He's just completely clueless, yet OTM never challenged him on anything he said.

I guess the lesson here is that OTM doesn't fact check their own stories.

Aug. 12 2010 06:31 PM
Alan from Seattle

Maybe Mr. Zittrain should listen to the "This American Life" segment on the myth of the company started in a garage. Or read the "Fast Company" article on corporate creation myths.

Aug. 05 2010 04:53 PM
Alan from Seattle

1. Without some serious hardware skills, the iPhone cannot be hacked or "unlocked" to run on the Verizon network. The wireless signaling used by the iPhone (GSM) is not compatible with Verizon's CDMA (I think) network. You could hack an iPhone and unlock it to work with T Mobile's network.

2. Apple is not trying to create a "squeaky clean" environment and Steve Jobs does not personally approve or reject each app for the App Store.

Last weekend, I pointed someone to a few apps for finding strip clubs. Yes, there are apps for that.

Apple gets about 15000 apps submitted for review each week. An individual reviews the app based on Apple's guidelines and makes the accept/reject decision depending on whether he/she thinks it meets the guidelines. Steve Jobs usually does not make that decision.

When that individual makes a decision that someone disagrees with, it is reviewed and sometimes the decision changed. Shouldn't that be how things work?

Aug. 05 2010 04:39 PM
Richard Prince from New York

Since the iPhone was first released, Apple never really treated jailbreaking as a violation of the law but instead a violation of their warrantee as it should. The question to be resolved by the court was whether under the Digital Millennium Act jailbreaking could be a violation of Copyright, meaning those who reengineered Apple's iPhone operating system using almost the exact designs for icons, motion, interface design, etc. where copying without regard for the original designers protections under patient and copyright. Clearly, with computer design courts have little respect for original design and do not protect those who create brilliant software and hardware design. Everyone seems to be rushing to copy Apple's iPhone, iPad and the user interfaces with reckless abandon. A patient or copyright means almost nothing in this area of industrial and product design. I find that curious. And anyone who defends their design like Apple is criminalized and vilified.

Aug. 02 2010 11:57 AM

Mr Zittrain listed things that began in a garage at the end of the story, but left out one - Apple Computer

Aug. 01 2010 07:28 AM

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