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Another Worm in Apple?

Imagine you want to buy a bearing-producing machine. You come to the most reliable seller (let's say his name is Mr Gregory Bapple) that there is in your whereabouts and tell him you want to get a consignment of those machines.

Once you unpack the machines, install and start using them, you notice some strange notes,stuck to their back panels. They read like this: 'If you charge a fee for any bearing or other work you generate using this machine (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Mr Gregory Bapple (e.g., through the his bearing store) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Mr Gregory Bapple.'

I think there'd be liters of spittle, spit while arguing about the presence of any common sense in that 'back panel agreement' you haven't signed when buying the machines. Mr Bapple's point would be that 'You have agreed to the conditions, layed out in this document, by the very fact of using our machines.'

Nonsense? Yes. But that's exactly what Apple wants us to believe when we start using their newly released iBooks Author.

I am just lost for words to describe how absurd this EULA is. Just read the two pieces of writing by Dan Wineman: here and here.


Comments (2)

dmitriy dmitriy # 0 Up Down

I was trying to write this comment objectively, but 3 versions of it came to the same conclusion: if you used a tool to make something better, it really shouldn't lock you into using the only available distribution channel of your product. You do own your product (contrary to what the author of the articles say, however, as soon as you beautify your text using iBook, then Apple wants a cut from sales of the text you beautified with the Apple's products. It does somewhat makes sense, but the hidden nature of those stipulations in EULA does it make it wrong, consider: you make chocolate bars, you come to Apple to create wrappers for your chocolate bars — Apple wants a cut of your sales, but it does in a way states that you've agreed with the contract's wording as soon as you started using the machines… that contact was written with milk on the paper you've used as a wrapping paper… now you own a hefty sum of money to Apple… I say that's just bad business behavior… or an honest mistake that will get fixed soon. Time will show.

Insglas Insglas # 0 Up Down

I think that this thinbg fits perfectly inot Apple's policy of 'maximal avarice'.

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