Cracking an IPhone is LEGEL???

Posted: September 1, 2007 in apple, at&t, hacking, hot wire, i phone, iphone, mac, mod, modding

With All The Hype the Iphone Made within he Past days, How ever, people were a bit sad to hear that only Their Beloved IPhone only works with  AT&T! But we all know that for every security mesure there is in this world some people just come up with answers for that! I mean Cracks ad Key Gens for Vista came out before even the Actuall launch of Vista! Anyways, This article is to tell you that a 17 year Old US teen has come up with a direct way to Hot Wire the IPhone to make it work wiht any service provider there is!

17 year old George Hotz later traded his Moded IPhone for a Brand-New Nissan 350Z and 3 more 8GB IPhones. “[Terry] Daidone, who’s the co-founder of Louisville, Kentucky-based CertiCell, has apparently also offered the young man a paid consulting job, but stresses the company doesn’t have ‘any plans on the table right now to commercialize Mr. Hotz’ discovery’.”

But Some readers might be detered saying that this  is Illegel and That They’ll hav eto stick to AT&T . But! Here the catch the Law actually maybe on the Hackers side for once! ;  ”

Fuzzy Laws

So will Apple and AT&T’s legal action deter hackers? Hardly. Individual users are already allowed to unlock their own phones under an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that the U.S. Copyright Office issued last November. The exemption, in force for three years, applies to “computer programs…that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.”

What’s less clear is whether companies and hackers can legally unlock the phones and then sell them to others, or sell unlocking software. “The law here is unclear,” says Jonathan Kramer, founder of Kramer Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. “There just isn’t any case law in this area for us to figure out how it plays out.”

Experts believe that AT&T and Apple will point to the DMCA’s section 1201, stating that “no person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.” They will claim that a phone lock is just such a technological measure that protects copyrighted work: namely, cell-phone software.

Hackers Undeterred

Problem is, it could be argued that, in reality, the lock only protects access to a carrier’s communications network—and communications services aren’t copyrightable under the Act, explains Jane Ginsburg, professor of literary and artistic property law at Columbia Law School. “This law was written for DVDs and video games,” she explains. “What’s going on here is using the Copyright Act to achieve another objective.”

Indeed, this time, hackers may have the law on their side.”


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