Jailbreaking your iPhone has been kept legal through 2015 under an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The crazy catch is that jailbreaking the iPad has technically been made illegal, while the iPhone and iPod touch both remain exempt.
The cell phone is just a tool used in this changing psychological battle ground. The ever increase pressure to compete and constant media portrayal of a hyper-reality is the root cause. When a scientist gets to ride a float through downtown instead of a fucking baseball team is the day these problems will start being solved.