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1: “Evasi0n” Overloads Servers As Over 270,000 People Download The New Jailbreak For iOS 6.0/6.1 Devices, Including iPhone 5
Frist off today, Sara Perez at TechCrunch reports that users of iPhone 5 or other devices running iOS 6 now have a jailbreak option available to them. A group named Evad3rs has released the Evasi0n jailbreak for iOS, which allows iOS devices to access applications and settings not approved by Apple.
The jailbreak is an untethered jailbreak, meaning that powering off your phone will not reset the jailbreak. It will work on iPhone 5, iPad, iPod Touch and any other device running iOS 6 other than the latest Apple TV. The jailbreak has proved popular so far with 270,000 new users signing, a rush that, at one point, overloaded the site’s server.
Under exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, jailbreaking your phone is legal as long as you don’t also unlock it for use on another carrier or to access infringing content. The exemption, however, does not apply to tablets, including the iPad.
Next up today, Liam Tung at ZDNet reports that the European Commission has revealed it’s new “Licenses for Europe” initiative that will encourage content industries and users to work out solutions to copyright challenges instead of relying on legislation.
The initiative, which comes after the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) fell apart last year, attempts to find contractual ways to enable things such as “one click” licensing for all nations in the EU. The initiative will also address other identified issues including content reuse, online availability of films and data mining.
The initiative was launched by the EC’s digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes. According to Kroes, the aim of the legislation will be to end certain “costly inefficiencies” in the system without the use of “heavy-handed legislative measures”. Critics, however, have already assailed the process is a “parody of debate”.
Finally today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that the Japanese government, shortly after passing a new copyright bill that criminalizes most file sharing with penalties that can include jail time, has begun posting fake files to popular file sharing networks warning users of the legislation and its impacts.
The warning, which is inside a PDF zipped up to look like another, more popular, file, is part of “Operation Decoy File”, an operation announced last month by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications along side with major copyright holders.
The campaign will continue until some time later this month.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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