Nope, Apple Doesn’t Own Your iBooks Author Content

Last month, we cited an iLounge report claiming that the fine print for iBooks Author contained some controversial lines about how Apple owns all content produced with the new publishing tool for Mac. Apple has officially addressed the situation, however, noting that the company owns its iBooks format rather than all content produced with the tool. Apple has changed the End User License Agreement (EULA) for iBooks Author to reflect these changes, which can be found after the break…

Old Excerpt:

“(i)if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;
(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution.”

New Excerpt:

“If you want to charge a fee for a work that includes files in the .ibooks format generated using iBooks Author, you may only sell or distribute such work through Apple, and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple. This restriction does not apply to the content of such works when distributed in a form that does not include files in the .ibooks format.”


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