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Jailed for jailbreaking: The new law could land you in the slammer

Mark Gibbs | Jan. 31, 2013
iOS 6.1 has been released and a jailbreak for it is promised on Sunday. Jail time could follow thereafter...

Now, should you decide to jailbreak and then unlock your own brand new cellphone -- one that you own outright -- you could be taken to court and fined. And if you are one of the many businesses offering unlocking services or software, you could find yourself facing criminal charges under the DMCA subsection 1204 "Criminal offenses and penalties":

(a) IN GENERAL.Any person who violates section 1201 or 1202 willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain

(1) shall be fined not more than $500,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both, for the first offense; and

(2) shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both, for any subsequent offense

So, jailbreaking an iDevice could void the warranty on the device and violate a copyright law depending on the country you're in, as well as get you fined and even sent to jail. You could be jailed for jailbreaking.

 

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