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Asking jailbreak-related question

Similar to the Hackintosh questions, but given the recent question I figured I would ask.

In my opinion, it's like asking why your computer won't start because you screwed with stuff in /etc.

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    what's wrong with asking why your computer won't start because you screwed with stuff in /etc? Hacking your apple software and asking for help fixing problems that arise seems totally reasonable to me... Aug 17, 2010 at 22:08

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Yes, we should allow jail breaking questions, since the Library of Congress(?) has just opined that it's legal.

Sure it voids your warrantee, but if the question is just about jail breaking (rather than say, jail breaking for the purpose of pirating videos or music), we should allow discussions and simply encourage responders to indicate what actions might void your warrantee, brick your device, etc.

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    Agreed. If it was still a legal grey area I'd say absolutely not, but since it's been deemed free and clear then I don't see why we shouldn't allow them. We should, however, smack down any questions that are clearly piracy-related (as we, assumedly, would do if an OS X-related question about piracy came up).
    – Scott
    Aug 17, 2010 at 21:09
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    +agreed jaydles, +mostly agreed scottie... who defines what is and isn't a legal grey area? piracy is obviously illegal. Jailbreaking was not explicitly illegal (by way of law or legal precedent) before the LOC ruling, and is clearly legal now. Piracy has been proven to be illegal by the courts on many occasions. This relates directly to the hackintosh "discussion". Aug 17, 2010 at 22:06
  • Wait, so there's a grey area as to what exactly the other grey area is? Is the second grey area clearly defined at least?
    – Tuesday
    Feb 6, 2012 at 1:35

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