Can You Survive #Apple's Benevolent Dictatorship? (RT @OpenAttitude)

#Computers

Sun, Apr 25th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

The iPad uses a DRM system called "code-signing" to limit which apps it can run. If the code that you load on your device isn't "signed," that is, approved by Apple, the iPad will not run it. If the idea of adding this DRM to the iPad is to protect the copyrights of the software authors, independent developers cracked the system within 24 hours after the first iPad shipped.

But DRM isn't just a system for restricting copies. DRM enjoys an extraordinary legal privilege previously unseen in copyright law: the simple act of breaking DRM is illegal, even if you're not violating anyone's copyright. In other words, if you jailbreak your iPad for the purpose of running a perfectly legal app from someone other than Apple, you're still breaking the law.

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