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Iphone NDA scrapped

Removes burden on developers
Wed Oct 01 2008, 20:41

APPLE'S UNWORKABLE Iphone non-disclosure agreement, which prevented members of the Software Developer programme from even discussing the the way in which the Holy Handset of Cupertino's architecture worked, has been unceremoniously dumped.

A brief statement on the company's Developer Connection Website explains the public-facing reasons behind the move.

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.

We suspect that the barrage of complaints from developers and potential developers posted on Apple's own forums had more than a little to do with it.

The INQUIRER first suggested that the Iphone NDA would soon be removed or revised when it emerged that an international technology college would be contravening the agreement by offering specialised courses in Iphone programming. µ



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