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Apple Developer Agreement Forbids Writing Jailbreak and DRM Cracking Apps

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Developers signing on to the iPhone SDK program are now expressly forbidden from writing iPhone apps that can be installed via jailbreak, or any software for any Apple technology that messes with security or DRM.

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Here's a piece of what Ars is quoting from the new agreement:

You will not, through use of the Apple Software, services or otherwise, create any Application or other program that would disable, hack or otherwise interfere with the Security Solution, or any security, digital signing, digital rights management, verification or authentication mechanisms implemented in or by the iPhone operating system software, iPod touch operating system software, this Apple Software, any services or other Apple software or technology, or enable others to do so...

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It also says that anyone using the SDK to develop software can then only get distribution through the App Store, and at Apple's sole discretion. As Ars points out, it's not going to dry up jailbreakers, but it will make those gray area developers a little more skeered of swerving from the path. [Ars Technica]

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DISCUSSION

I'm FOR jailbreaking. Although I've decided playing cat and mouse with Apple isn't worth it, especially with the lack of QC, and so my current iPhone is not jailbroken, I was one of the first to do so back in Sept. 08, and I think it's an awesome scene, etc etc. yada yada.

At the same time, you'd have to be a fucking moron to think, or demand, that Apple should support or turn a blind eye to it, especially when the jailbreaking scene has decided to profit off of Apple's IP.

What these new terms is saying, basically, in my eyes, is that legit developers shouldn't double fist; I think that is a more than reasonable restriction.