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Security expert Kenneth van Wyk, focusing on the legal situation in the US, writes: "Is [jailbreaking] legal? In 2010, the US Copyright Office declared jailbreaking to be an exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. See here for more information, but it seems that jailbreaking an i Phone in the US remains legal, while doing the same to an i Pad is not.The bottom line is this: if you're at all concerned about the legality of jailbreaking your device, you're probably well advised to abstain." Investigating the legality of jailbreaking in the UK, Macworld contributor Duncan Geere concludes: "...while the matter can't be totally settled until there's a test case - something Apple has long avoided - [University of Edinburgh law lecturer Andres] Guadamuz says he'd be very surprised if a hacker went down for jailbreaking an i Phone.For millions of happy users all over the world, the i Phone is fantastic just as it is.It's beautiful, elegant and easy to use, and there are thousands upon thousands of apps and oodles of content for them to choose on the App Store. People who want to break free of the restrictions they believe Apple has forced upon us all - from the default apps that come with i OS to the fact that its underlying structure cannot be customised by individual programmers, third-party developers or even users themselves. And Apple has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with them ever since the i Phone launched in January 2007.It's easy to understand the jailbreakers' frustration.On the Mac you can pretty much do whatever you want to customise your day-to-day experience with the hardware.Another reason to back up your i Phone is that you will need to be able to restore to its non-jailbroken state if you ever need to take your i Phone into an Apple Store to have it repaired.
(Brand-new versions of i OS generally cannot be jailbroken for some time after they come out.'Although you might be breaking Apple's terms and conditions and voiding your warranty, I just can't see how a judge would rule against it.'" While your jailbroken i Phone isn't going to blow up in your hand - or break the whole internet - it may not work exactly the way you'd like.We cannot wholeheartedly recommend jailbreaking, and as a rule we wouldn't do it to our own phones.Read next: How to save SHSH blobs for an i Phone, i Pad or i Pod touch What else should you consider?