Install0us, pirated iPhone app installer is shutting down
Install0us is an app that could be installed on jailbroken iPhones that would allow the user to installed pirated versions of commercial iPhone apps and avoid actually purchasing them. The developer of Install0us, puy0, recently posted in the Install0us forums that he has decided to discontinue work on the app and kill the project for legal reasons. You don't say?
Amazingly, puy0 states that he thought what he was doing was somehow legally defensible until he spoke to a lawyer and got a reality check. It turns out that helping people take things that cost money without paying for them is kinda sorta illegal.
The forum post is worth a read, just to see how ignorant puy0 actually was about the legality of stealing, or at least how ridiculous he's willing to look when groping for a way to explain his actions.
I, for one, am happy to see yet another pirate tool die off. Developers work hard for their 70% of the $1 to $3 they're able to charge for iPhone apps; they should be compensated. In the words of Wil Wheaton, don't be a jerk.
[via Cult of Mac]