So I Don’t Need to Agree

…to the Apple iPhone SDK NDA.

Apple has lifted the NDA. Kudos to Apple for lifting it, shame on them for writing it and taking so long.

From Apple:

To Our Developers

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.

Apple responds to criticism and lifts NDA: 8 months
T-Mobile responds to criticism and lifts 1GB/month cap: 1 day

But definitely good to have the NDA gone…

And I wondered “how these iPhone SDK Books pass legal muster? Special license from Apple? How does one get such a special license?”

Ars Technica explained that various books were on hold – either waiting to be printed, or waiting to be written, because of the NDA.

So, one less obstacle to iPhone development – now to just get clarification of the AppStore criteria…


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