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Join Date: Nov 2008
Mozilla and Skype join the EFF against Apple
While the U.S. government is poised to revise the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to protect copyright in the digital age, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) asked what practices jailbreaking of the iPhone is permitted as an exception. Today we learn that Mozilla and Skype share this position.
Last Monday, in response to this demand, Apple has provided on its official positions facing jailbreaking "jailbreak techniques widely generalized use of unauthorized modification of bootloader and the OS (...) which leads to a violation of Skype, placed on these programs, "explained the firm's lawyers from Cupertino. This is not a surprise since Apple developers have repeatedly filled the gaps in the system used by third party programmers.
More precisely, if this exception proposed by the EFF was accepted into the DMCA, Apple would still be able to take legal action against developers modifying the system's internal phone book. However, the practices of jailbreaking, designed to break the protection measures implemented by Apple, would facilitate the work of hackers.
John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla Corporation, says his side is the side of the EFF."This is not to criticize Apple," he says, "but it is a matter of principle. The user should have the choice, which should not lead to repercussions. The Mozilla Foundation has never proposed Fennec, its mobile version of Firefox under development for the iPhone but Apple has stated that software competing with those embedded by default on the phone are not accepted within the App Store. Anyway John Lilly says that even if the exception of the jailbreak were to be accepted by the regulators of the DMCA, Mozilla probably does not venture on the side of the iPhone.
For its part, Skype, a subsidiary of Ebay, has also joined the positions of the EFF and one of the spokesmen of the service by VoIP said: "The laws of intellectual property protection should not prevent a mobinaute use Skype to make long distance calls at low prices. "
Perhaps then will we ever attack a competitor to the iPhone market and steal the face of the App Store. In any case, Apple is very aggressive towards its competitors. Last month, during a conference call, Tim Cook, the COO of Apple, said would "ensure respect (the) rights related to intellectual property" of the phone. The next day, we learned that the firm had filed a document over 360 pages to protect its multi-technology device.