NDA 解除へ

iPhone Developer Program

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.


  • リリース済み iPhone Software の NDA を解除(つまり 2.0 〜 2.1 。リリース前のものに関しては、これまで通り NDA あり)
  • 開発者には、1週間強で、リリース済み iPhone Software の NDA を取り除いた新しい使用許諾(?)が届けられる


Apple の知的財産権はともかくとして、iPhone プラットフォームにとっては大きなリスク(しかも Apple が自ら生み出している)だと思っていたので、まずはひと安心です。あとは App Store の評価基準だ!

(Via Matt Legend Gemmell)

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