Lovely face, ugly mind

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It’s no secret that I’ve come to despise the Apple organisation and all it stands for. [No neutral opinion from me!]

Apple’s determination to control and screw content providers and consumers alike knows no limits. But even by my contemptuous pronouncements on their activities this is a whole new level of outrage from Ed Botts who vents his spleen on Apple’s latest attempt to own the world:

Apple’s mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement
By | January 19, 2012, 1:32pm PST

Summary: Over the years, I have read hundreds of license agreements, looking for little gotchas and clear descriptions of rights. But I have never, ever seen a legal document like the one Apple has attached to its new iBooks Author program.

Apple, in this EULA, is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output. It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented.

Exactly: Imagine if Microsoft said you had to pay them 30% of your speaking fees if you used a PowerPoint deck in a speech.

Make up your own minds, full article here: