What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users to run any code on their devices, as opposed to only that code authorized by Apple. This process permits users to install homebrew applications on their devices by unlocking the operating system and allowing the user root access. Once jailbroken, iPhone users can download many extensions and themes previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia. A jailbroken iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch is still able to use the App Store and iTunes.
Is that legal to Jailbreak your device?
All the law obedient citizens would be surprised, but the answer is YES. You have a freedom to unlock the Apple device, and Apple has a freedom to prevent you from doing that, but not through legal and enforcement approaches, but purely through technological solutions only.
Jailbreaking an iPod or iPhone in the United States is legal "fair use", and does not violate copyright laws defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In response to a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the U.S. Copyright Office explicitly recognized an exemption to the DMCA to permit jailbreaking in order to allow iPhone owners to use their phones with applications that are not available from Apple's store, and to unlock their iPhones for use with unapproved carriers. Apple had previously filed comments opposing this exemption and indicated that they did consider jailbreaking to be a violation of copyright (and by implication prosecutable under the DMCA). Apple's request to define jailbreaking as a violation of copyright was denied as part of the 2009 DMCA rulemaking. In their ruling, the Library of Congress affirmed on July, 26, 2010 that jailbreaking is legal under U.S. copyright law.
Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, argued that jailbreaking is "legal, ethical, and just plain fun." Wu cited an explicit exemption issued by the Library of Congress in 2006 for personal unlocking, which notes that locks "are used by wireless carriers to limit the ability of subscribers to switch to other carriers, a business decision that has nothing whatsoever to do with the interests protected by copyright" and thus do not implicate the DMCA. Wu did not claim that this exemption applies to those who help others unlock a device or "traffic" in software to do so. As of July 26, 2010, The U.S. Copyright Office has approved exemptions to the DMCA that allow iDevice users to Jailbreak their devices legally. These exemptions also allow phone users to unlock their phone in order to switch carriers. It is still possible Apple may employ technical countermeasures to prevent jailbreaking or prevent jailbroken phones from functioning, but they will not be able to sue users who jailbreak.
LimeRa1n Installation Tutorial
Limera1n may be an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad jailbreak tool created by Geohot. Unlike some other previous solutions, limera1n is very easy to use. Limera1n just requires to click the “make it ra1n” button, and it will quickly jailbreak your iPhone, or iPod touch, or iPad.
Note 1: You must run LimeRa1n as Administrator.
Note 2: You need to have Windows PC to apply the solution.
Step 1: Download LimeRa1n from developers website: http://www.limera1n.com/
Step 2: Plug your iPhone (iPad, Ipod touch) in and launch LimeRa1n then click “Make it Ra1n”.
Step 3: Follow the onscreen instructions: hold the Home and Power button together.
Step 4: Release the Power button as you get this note on the screen.
Step 6: LimeRa1n will have your iPhone enter DFU mode and will then work its jailbreak magic.
Step 7: Your iPhone is almost jailbroken and you should see the message from Geohot that the jailbreak is completed and the Limera1n is unpatchable.
Step 8: If you don’t see the LimeRa1n icon on your iPhone, simply reboot it, then launch LimeRa1n on your iPhone and select Cydia to install.
Step 9: Once Cydia is installed, you can uninstall LimeRa1n from the LimeRa1n app on your iPhone.
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