Jailbreaking - or freeing your iPhone, iPod or iPad from Apple's constraints to allow access to additional applications and extensions not available on the App Store - has been a thorn in Apple's side for some time.
The latest Absinthe iOS 5 jailbreak for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S received a million downloads within just 3 or 4 days.
Back in 2010 the United States government ruled that jailbreaking was not illegal, which caused quite a shock back at Apple headquarters, who made the following gloomy announcement:
"Apple's goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we've said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably."
However, according to prominent iOS developer, Charlie Miller, the ruling was not permanent but is rather an exemption inserted into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which is set to expire soon, RedmondPie reports.
On his Twitter feed, Miller has been directing readers to a petition set up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which calls on law-makers to let jailbreaking remain legal, as well as incorporate the iPad, which wasn't included in the original ruling.
"Want to keep jailbreaking your phone legal? Want to make jailbreaking your iPad legal? Help add exceptions to DMCA", he tweeted.
Reacting to the disbelieving comments of many, he later tweets: "For all you kind followers calling me a moron, the iphone jailbreaking exemption to DMCA expires soon. No exemption for iPad currently."
To show your support head on over to the Electronic Frontier Founda tion website and follow the instructions to send your virtual letter to the Copyright Office. All comments must be submitted before February 10th.