I never expected this day would come but it just did. Yes, I posted late about this but it was because I was busy during the holidays that I never got to run this app during my very long vacation.

When I learned about it, I thought they upgraded Installous to a new version. But I wondered why there were no updates inside Cydia. I knew something was up so I searched Google and found out to my dismay that Installous is discontinuing its service.

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Too bad. Tsk.

I believed Apple had the edge because people especially noobs can easily install cracked games in their jailbroken iDevices without having to worry about looking for specific games. If it is a paid app in the App Store, then it is bound to be also inside Installous.

I did not mind those annoying captcha whenever I open up a download link, whether dead link or not. True. There may be other alternatives there like VShare but the user interface sucks.

Many users are definitely sad while anti-piracy advocates are happy. Who knows, maybe they were the cause of this shutdown.

RIP Installous. It was a good run while it lasted.

Sounds too good to be true? It sure is. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) got a big revision today that will likely change the way that users may lawfully use and enjoy the products and media that they own.

The Librarian of Congress announced DMCA Section 1201, which adds six provisions whereby persons who circumvent access controls in order to engage in noninfringing uses of works in these six classes will not be subject to the statutory prohibition against circumvention … this, if only it applies that the said actions will be done for security purposes only.

  • People may now rip DVDs to show clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.
  • People may now legally jailbreak their iPhones, root their Android phones or legally unlock their cell phones without fear that phone maker companies will go after them.
  • People may now circumvent the copy protection of PC and video games for investigative reasons. This should be a great thing for PC gamers sick of dealing with the DRM of the games they legally purchased.
  • People may now get past software that’s protected by an outdated hardware dongle.
  • People may now break past ebooks that do not allow the text to be read aloud.

This is good news. And as long as these actions do not go beyond personal use (e.g. business), then I guess all is safe. What do you think of this news? Share your thoughts.

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