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  (Source: Reuters)
Apple has a change of heart with its NDA for released software

Apple has come under heavy criticism for its draconian Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for iPhone/iPod touch software developers. The NDA didn't allow software developers to talk with one another about the software applications that they were developing or the inner workings of the iPhone software ecosystem.

The backlash against Apple's restrictive software policies came to a boil when it rejected the Podcaster application and finally boiled over when Apple added an NDA to its rejection notices sent to developers whose software products were found unacceptable by Apple standards.

After being thrown under the bus by its own community, Apple has now reversed its position on its NDA for released software. The following was posted on iPhone Developer Program website:

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.

Hopefully, this move by Apple will mean less confusion in the developer community and better applications for the iTunes App Store.

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By on 10/1/2008 2:34:32 PM , Rating: -1
Now why did this get voted down?

By FITCamaro on 10/1/2008 2:50:08 PM , Rating: 4
WTF? Someone copied my name using a 1 instead of an I.

By Mitch101 on 10/1/2008 3:11:33 PM , Rating: 3
Dailytech Groupie. Maybe you need to announce a tour.

By Gzus666 on 10/1/2008 3:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
Clones Gone Bad, next, on Fox.

By PhoenixKnight on 10/1/2008 7:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

By xsilver on 10/2/2008 12:42:04 AM , Rating: 3
that is until you get axemurdered in the middle of the night by someone wanting to drink your blood ;)

By kelmon on 10/2/2008 10:26:59 AM , Rating: 2
I think I have the number of a good psychiatrist around here somewhere. Take it, I think you need it more than I do...

By bldckstark on 10/2/2008 12:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
This is not the only place that the clone has posted on Dailytech. The clone is posting non-sensical replies in an effort to discredit FITCamaro. Sounds like an excellent tactic, and it will probably work to some degree.

Just goes to show, once you set yourself apart from the crowd you become a target. Maybe we should enact copyright legislation on registered user names?

By Adonlude on 10/2/2008 8:30:09 PM , Rating: 2
So why don't the mods just delete the impersonator? Seems like a simple fair solution to this sort of juvenile behavior.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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