According to the idownloadblog portal, Apple has begun a "crackdown" on unofficial sites that implement UDID-activations that allow unregistered users to download and install beta versions of IOS 6 and OS X on their devices.
This time, Apple goes directly to the hosting company whose domain is being used by the "infringer Apple". As a result, websites are closed.
While it costs $ 99 to officially sign up for an account, sites sell UDID activation for close to $ 10. Understandably, the financial gain outweighs the fear of punishment. This kind of business brings in tens of thousands of US dollars. You don't need to rent an office, hire staff, register phone numbers or even a business name - just make a small investment, advertise the "service" offered …
After the editor of the blog MacStories, which is dedicated to Apple, published information about some of the sites involved in the implementation of UDID-activations, the latter very quickly became unavailable. Among them: activatemyios.com, iosudidregistrations.com, activatemyudid.com, udidregistration.com, instantudidactivation.com. The California tech giant has demanded that hosting companies that host websites immediately stop supporting them.
Most attempts by MacStories to contact the owners of these sites via email have been unsuccessful. However, one of the representatives of the closed site anonymously reported that the hosting provider supporting the site had received a complaint from Apple about copyright infringements by the Internet resource.
At the same time, the management of the hosting company on Twitter commented on the situation, confirming that Apple had rather toughly demanded that the site stop violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requirements.
However, it is a little surprising that the most popular site udidactivation.com at the time of posting was still open to users wishing to download and install the beta version of IOS 6.
As Andy Baio, a journalist for Wired, explained in his controversial article:
According to MacStories, one of the sites involved in the implementation of UDID-activations has activated more than 19 thousand devices. Another site owner has earned $ 75,000 since the release of the iOS 6 beta last June.
It should be noted that in the license agreement, when registering a developer account, Apple posted information that unauthorized distribution is prohibited and entails civil and criminal liability.