Originally Posted by slex
The magnitude of the punishment is simply astonishing - if you unlock your phone, I don't see how you can cause damages amounting to more than $1000. And then you face $1 million in fines and up to 5 years in jail (which is a foregone income of at least $50 000, even if you are a low-skilled, low-paid worker). Even if we assume that this should be made illegal and is resolved through criminal, instead of civil law, where is the principle that punishment should fit the crime?
Like I thought I mentioned earlier- most EULAs include an "irreparable damage" clause which suggests the company wants to be able to receive unlimited civil damages because of the "irreparable damage" caused by abusing "their" software. The actual damages are pretty irrelevant given contract language like that.