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Apple Drops iPhone Non-Disclosure Agreement

Apple Drops iPhone Non-Disclosure Agreement

Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:47pm by iClarified · 10247 views
Apple has decided to drop the iPhone Non-Disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

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We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released.

Thanks to everyone who provided us constructive feedback on this matter.
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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs - October 2, 2008 at 6:20pm
can you understand please when we didn't have money we launch osx an adopt all those homeless linux programers with our osx unix bases os but... now we think diferent... cause we have money
Avay
Avay - October 1, 2008 at 11:48pm
@ Lyrrad HAHA...took the words right out of my mouth :D Apple B.S's a lot!!!! trying to be controllable, itunes this, itunes that....everything itunes....suckiest media player....its too damn slow!!!
Lyrrad
Lyrrad - October 1, 2008 at 7:44pm
I guess bad press and competition from Google/TMobile and RIM had nothing to do with this decision. . . It's all about the "burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success". Cut the horse crap, we get enough of that from the politicians. Let's see if they'll loosen a bit on the App approval process. Please note!!! they are dropping it for released software only. This is just a smoke screen to get the issue out of the papers and internet blogs. Well played Apple.
Zero
Zero - October 1, 2008 at 3:37pm
i think Apple doesn't remember that at least 40% of "their" stuff has been made from other users. Example: Installer or Cydia = App Store LocateMe = GPS Capable iPhone Summerboard = Springboard (from firmware 1.1.3 and later) And so on :)
ATTNCK
ATTNCK - October 1, 2008 at 2:24pm
And what about dropping the NDA for published books?!
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