As (Some) Expected, Apple Clarifies iBooks Author EULA
Apple has updated its iBooks Author app in order to clarify the language of its End User License Agreement. The changes to the EULA clarify that Apple does indeed intend the packaged product to be sold on the iBookstore only, but also makes it clear that it does not lay claim to the content that you use to create the book, nor does it try to limit what you can do with that content elsewhere.
Two weeks ago, I wrote:
…we know that Apple is a company that in the past months hasn’t been afraid of reversing a couple of unpopular decisions.
The Next Web also notes:
This change in wording should make it clear, as many right minded people have assumed…
Anyone with a bit of intellect would have guessed since iBooks Author’s day one that the poorly worded EULA was set to be updated soon. Anyone who knows how Apple deals with damage control could have reminisced that the company doesn’t like rushed press released or having executives making jokes on Twitter, or, even better, could have produced a level-headed analysis of the issue. History, after all, taught us that the Apple of the most recent years has always addressed online turmoils in one way or another.
But, you know, Apple wants your content.