Apple is seeking support from the federal government in hopes to overturn the recent decision by the courts that legalized jailbreaking. The U.S. Government Library of Congress Copyright legalized jailbreaking and unlocking of devices, allowing the user to run unauthorized applications on the device. Cydia, Winterboard by Saurik are one of the popular unauthorised applications.
Jailbreaking is a term used by the iPhone hacking community to bypass Apple’s restrictions on the device, allowing for the user to run programs not approved by Apple on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Jailbreaking more specifically gives the user root access to the OS, and so they can make changes to any part of the Apple iOS.
Apple is attempting to overturn the decision made by the courts back in July, in hopes that they will get a ruling in their favour to make jailbreaking and unlocking illegal.
Apple told the U.S. Copyright Office.
Current jailbreak technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs
Although Apple may have a point, but may do it to modify their device and allow alternate carriers or download apps not approved by Apple. AT&T was voted as the worst Carrier recently, a big reason for iPhone users to not wanting to stay locked with AT&T.