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[ZDNET] Apple's mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement

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I read EULAs so you don’t have to. I’ve spent years reading end user license agreements, EULAs, looking for little gotchas or just trying to figure out what the agreement allows and doesn’t allow.

I have never seen a EULA as mind-bogglingly greedy and evil as Apple’s EULA for its new ebook authoring program.

Dan Wineman calls it “unprecedented audacity” on Apple’s part. For people like me, who write and sell books, access to multiple markets is essential. But that’s prohibited:

Apple, in this EULA, is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output. It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented.

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Oh man I'm totally going to do one of the following:

1. Get mad at apple
2. Use an alternative product because I am convicted about this!
3. Use it anyways
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as if people expected anything else.
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post #4 of 96

That's not an evil license agreement, he's holding it wrong and it just works.

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Oh man I'm totally going to do one of the following:
1. Get mad at apple
2. Use an alternative product because I am convicted about this!
3. Use it anyways

LOL, I love it.
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Unbelievable Apple. Again, you DRM everything to the nines as opposed to growing the industry that you are the biggest part of. This is really unprecedented.
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Yeh this sucks, as the author of the article mentioned - this is akin to writing a book in Microsoft Word, but you can legally only either give it away or submit it to Microsoft's book store, and whether it gets accepted or not you still can't sell it anywhere else.
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post #8 of 96
I just love Apple.
post #9 of 96
Nice title... That's not over the top, now is it?
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I don't go near anything with an apple logo on it...........

and this might be party why.
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