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iPhone Developer NDA Dropped

Apple "announced" today that it was dropping the iPhone Developer NDA:

To Our Developers

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.

Good news all around. You can argue "too late," but you can't argue "too little."

2 Responses to "iPhone Developer NDA Dropped"

  1. That's really exciting. I think most of the iPhone developers waited for this moment. I see a very nice progress regarding Apple's iPhone politics in the last couple of days.

  2. [...] it confirms Matt Gemmell: “Apple is listening”. Perhaps they sometimes do so too late, but at least they do at [...]


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