The iDevices users' wait for the untethered jailbreak for their iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is nearing the end as the dream team released jailbroken iPad 2 photos and iPhone 4S jailbreak demo video. At the end of last year, people also enjoyed the release of iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak for non-A5 devices.
The only problem is that the jailbreakers have to face Apple's patching up the exploits that hackers used to jailbreak.
But now, the major problem might not be Apple any more, but the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA?Protect IP Act).The blackout protest of Google, Reddit and Wikipedia on Wednesday has drawn attention to SOPA and PIPA.
What is SOPA all about? According to the Committee of the Judiciary, SOPA allows the Attorney General to seek injunctions against foreign websites that steal and sell American innovations and products.
What does the SOPA really mean for jailbreakers?
According to iDownload blog, Joshua Hill, aka p0sixninja of the Chronic Dev Team, stated briefly that SOPA can make the distribution of jailbreaking software illegal. He also said this move could stop the hacker community from making available to users jailbreak news and tutorials.
Although, in 2010, the U.S. Government made jailbreaking software legal, the SOPA could make jailbreaking software illegal as the software has Apple's [reversed-engineered] IP.
The iDownload blog said, That would mean that one phone call from the Cupertino company could effectively shut down sites that host the software.
The blog also suggested its readers to call or email your respective congressmen and spread the word around the web about what SOPA really is.
If the SOPA is passed, one may no longer be able to use jailbreak.
According to CNN, some lawmakers have stopped giving support to the controversial anti-piracy bills even as some big websites shut down temporarily on Wednesday in protest. Does this mean SOPA won't be passed? We do not know the final decision of the U.S. Congress yet.
We will continue to report on the development. In the meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on SOPA and PIPA.