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Are you aware of Apple’s “Distributorship”?

09 Feb
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The iLicense Agreement Books Author’s End User (EULA) stipulates that e-books created with the application cannot be sold anywhere but on the Apple iBookstore. 

More specifically, if you want to give your creation away free you can do that wherever you like and if you want to make money off it, you can sell it only from the iBookstore and Apple gets a 30% cut.

According to intellectual property lawyer Dan Booth, this will give Apple an exclusive “distributorship” of texts for sale:

“The most dangerous clause for authors is the distribution clause, which gives Apple the right to refuse to distribute anything created with the software.  Since sales and distribution go hand in hand, Apple could use that clause to prevent any sale, for any reason. This would apparently allow Apple to lock up with contract rights what it could never get through copyright, total control over all sales.”

Read more about “Howls of Outrage” by Ariel Bogle from Melville House Books.

My question is: Why does not anyone sue them?  Like it happened to Microsoft years ago.

 

 

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One response to “Are you aware of Apple’s “Distributorship”?

  1. Toni Ressaire

    January 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have a contract with Apple to publish ebooks, and the agreement mentioned here applies only to iBooks published using iAuthor. The publishing agreement with iTunes Connect (Apple’s gateway to publishing ebooks) does not set this limitation for ePub formatted published through the Apple store.

     

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