Can I ask iPhone jailbreak related question on this site?

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Unless it is a clear call for warez, discussion of DRM should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Per Joel:

I would hate for us to censor legitimate, technical discussion just because what we're talking about happens to be illegal in some jurisdictions. We should have the same standards as universities: we should defend people's rights to free speech.

I think it's VERY MUCH DEBATABLE whether breaking DRM for the purpose of making backups is even illegal. It would be unhealthy if our diamond mods were running around being as strict as the Disney Corporation Inc. on DRM. It is hard to argue that there's anything even remotely socially unacceptable about breaking DRM for the purpose of backing up something you legitimately own.

And we're not even doing it, we're just talking about it.

Therefore, unless the post looks egregiously illegal, assume it is being asked in good faith about removing DRM on things you own, for your own fair use.


Yes, you can ask them, as long as they're not related to something illegal, like pirating apps, etc.

NB: I am not affiliated with the site (I don't work for Stack Exchange and I'm not a moderator), but it's the general trend I've seen around here.

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    is jailbreaking not illegal?
    – Metal Gear
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 1:02
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    @jitendra in the US, the court ruled that jailbreaking is in fact not illegal Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 6:16
  • It only modifies four bytes (afaik) of the file system.
    – user235
    Commented Apr 20, 2011 at 14:17
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    @Radek The number of bytes modified is irrelevant to the legality (just like the number of dollars stolen is irrelevant to whether theft is legal). That the court specifically ruled that it is legal is what makes it legal. Commented Apr 22, 2011 at 2:11

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