A new company, Cydia, run by developer Jay Freeman is intending to offer an independent service offering a wide range of unauthorised applicatons for the Apple iPhone, according to the Cult Of Mac website.
Such a move is not expected to be made without opposition from Apple, however; which has its own, strictly controlled, but very successful App store. At present, Apple has yet to declare any form of legal action against Cydia but, according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple filed a 27-page statement with the US Copyright Office, which oversees patents, in February. Apple made a case that the use of software to modify iPhones is illegal, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Freeman said he has a lawyer waiting for any possible, aggressive, action from Apple, and added: 'The overworking goal is to provide choice. It is understandable that [Apple] wants to control things, but it has been very limiting for developers and users.'
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