Revised iOS 5.0.1 update may make Siri port legally possible

Apple's revised iOS 5.0.1 update seems to have come with decrypted ramdisks, something which could make the port of Siri to other iOS devices legally possible. Before today’s firmware update, important files to get Siri working on other devices were encrypted in Apple’s file system. Decrypting them would be illegal and infringe on copyright and that is the main reason for it not being made available.

According to MuscleNerd, a prominent figure in the jailbreaking community, the release of the revised iOS 5.0.1 update means that it is now possible to extract the relevant Siri files without infringing on Apple’s copyright. It will now be interesting to see if those involved in porting Siri to other iOS devices see this as the green light and release it. We will let you know as soon as we hear anymore information.

Source: MuscleNerd


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Revised iOS 5.0.1 update may make Siri port legally possible


Might be a dumb question, but would this make Siri legally possible to port for as long as Apple uses the same code? I mean, even if Apple re-encrypts the ramdisks, is it still fair game for porting, because they PUBLICLY released a decrypted version?

Musclenerd doesnt seem to understand that decrypted doesn't mean copyright doesn't apply. The only thing that decryption relates to is the dmca's "protection circumventing" prohibition. But just because that provision doesn't apply doesn't mean there's no legal protection for the files. First, they're covered by a license, and I'm sure te license doesn't allow for files to be used on non-4S devices. Second, encrypted or not, apple retains a copyright in its software, and I'd like to see anyone challenge that.

I have to say that I’m very disappointed in TiPb and Chris Oldroyd for this story. Even if the source doesn’t understand the difference between copyright and encryption, TiPb should. Or should talk to an expert before posting a story about the topics.