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The iPhone SDK and free software: not a match

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.243.212.95] on April 17, 2008 10:33 AM
The author's contention, supra, that you can code to your heart's content, if you reverse engineer the iPhone, is only true if you can reverse engineer the iPhone without infringing on any of Apple and/or AT&T's intellectual property (IP). Now, I can't imagine how you would reverse engineer the iPhone without infringing, unless you do what Google, Nokia, and other are attempting to do, which is to create their own smartphones from scratch. The others who have reverse engineered the iPhone, JailBreak, for example, have almost certainly infringed on either Apple or AT&T's IP, which is why they must hide in the shadows, often by operating in a foreign country that is not a signatory to the international conventions on trade and IP; can't create a business; and can't charge for their work; for, if they could be located and served with a complaint, they would be sued or, in the case of criminal infringement, prosecuted.

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