Defcon17 – Jailbreaking and the Law of Reversing

April 26, 2012 SecurityOrb_Staff 0

Developers who rely on reverse engineering face a thicket of potential legal obstacles, including license agreements, copyright, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Taking iPhone jailbreaking as real-world example, we will review the legal theories Apple has asserted, shedding light on the major legal pitfalls that developers face, and what they can do to avoid them and minimize risks. We will also examine the additional legal issues raised by reverse engineering networked code, such as online video games. […]