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As good programmers, should we support illegal jailbreaking of devices (which includes Android phones as well), and support the tag?

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See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80495 –  Kev Jul 31 '12 at 16:37
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Why should jailbreaking your phone be illegal? It's a pure nonsence. If you have bought something, you can do with it what you want, even fry it and eat with ketchup. –  Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt Jun 27 '13 at 7:11

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Jailbreaking an iPhone or Android is not illegal. The former is against the terms of agreement with Apple, but neither are a violation of any law passed by congress and signed by the president.

Keep it.

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+1, Ohhh okay, never knew that...Thanks –  doNotCheckMyBlog Jul 31 '12 at 1:43
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And if it was a law signed off by the president of the USA, well, I for one live in Australia... (And anyway I don't see how Apple can expect me to follow the terms of their agreement when their standard warranty policy appears to be in violation of Australian consumer law.) –  nnnnnn Jul 31 '12 at 3:23
    
@nnnn - yeah, I was wondering if anyone was going to bring that up (for Australia or anywhere). Looking at other meta questions, it looks like there's a fairly clear policy to allow questions about jailbroken devices on SU (and elsewhere, I would assume), so I'm pretty happy about that. –  Adam Rackis Jul 31 '12 at 3:33
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Yeah. The gist of our stance is that we're not really responsible for proactively enforcing third-party licensing or contract agreements. And for non-US folks, there's this line of the ToS: If You access the Network from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk and You are responsible for compliance with the laws of Your jurisdiction. –  Anna Lear Jul 31 '12 at 3:52
    
Good to know, @Anna, thanks! –  Adam Rackis Jul 31 '12 at 3:55
    
Fix your code, right now it suggest that jailbreaking an Android is against the Terms of Agreement of Apple –  ajax333221 Jul 31 '12 at 4:29
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Sadly, it wouldn't particularly surprise me if that were true... @ajax –  Shog9 Jul 31 '12 at 4:31
    
Fair enough, @ajax –  Adam Rackis Jul 31 '12 at 4:33
    
@annalear good to know, but I dont understand that why my question got down voted? It is not likable question but it is a fair question. –  doNotCheckMyBlog Jul 31 '12 at 4:37
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@Brogrammer People were disagreeing that the tag should be removed –  Michael Mrozek Jul 31 '12 at 4:43
    
...and besides, you don't "jailbreak" an Android. You root it. –  Al E. Jul 31 '12 at 13:22

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