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Originally Posted by TFL Replica View Post

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

i see what you did there tongue.gif
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post #22 of 96
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More info on the topic:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/apple-ibooks-author.html
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Here's the offending statement as it appears in the iBooks Author "About" box: "IMPORTANT NOTE: If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple."

In other words, Apple invites you to use its publishing software to do some really cool stuff that most of us could never dream of doing on our own, all for free. Just know that if you decide to sell what you've made, Apple will most likely get a cut of the profits.

Whether this is an unprecedented and gross abuse of power on Apple's part, or simply the company's way of making money off its new software, has been a hot topic of debate in the blogosphere.

In a scathing story headlined "iBooks Author: You Work For Apple Now," PCmag.com's Sascha Segan expressed his outrage over the clause in no uncertain terms.

"With iBooks Author, Apple just made a hideous play to kill authors' rights over their work," he writes. Adding later, "Apple owns the creative process of anyone who uses the tool. If you're looking to create an iBook, you've just given Apple total distribution control over your work. That's as good as partial ownership."
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post #23 of 96
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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

This sarcastic comment coming from someone with an allienware...
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post #24 of 96
All Apple wants is 30% of every single eBook created with iAuthor. And the best part, it's free! Apple just reinvented the publisher! At the lowest price yet! This. Changes. Everything.



Again.
 
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post #25 of 96
Over the top title for an over the top evil company.
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post #26 of 96
nobody has done this before.....


so it looks like apple didn't lie this time, they DID re-invent this LOL
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This sarcastic comment coming from someone with an allienware...

As opposed to a custom built laptop? rolleyes.gif
post #28 of 96
this is why i usually go for less controlled software...

please tell me if there are similar agreements about gimp, blender, or openoffice. i knew about microsoft, and have been very far from willing to pay their premium for the software.
    
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post #29 of 96
So...

What if you were to sell on another platform first, then release a day later on Apple's? Would this bypass the "you can't sell it here, then bring it elsewhere" clause?
 
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Sort of a repost.
    
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