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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Apple iPhone Legal Notice and Privacy Policies

I have always enjoyed reading through privacy policies, terms of service and general legal docs web sites use to tell you what they're going to do with your data. When the iPhone came out, one of the first things I did was go into settings > general > about > legal and read through all of the fine print. The information in there is quite amazing. I mean, they tell you who's software they're licensing for the iPhone, what companies they have partnered with, which fonts they are using (Helvetica anyone?), the terms offer us a plethora of insight that any reverse engineering biz dev guy would love. Today's terms of service and privacy policy docs read like a playbook for creating competing products and web sites. They tell you who to partner with, show you which partnerships have a stranglehold on your competitor and so much more.

I wanted to post the entire contents of the Apple iPhone terms document back when they released the 1st iPhone but they didn't have a way to email or copy the entire agreement to get it off of my iPhone. Well, thanks to the new cut-n-paste feature in iPhone 3.x OS, we can now do just that. So for those of you who want to know who Apple went to bed with, here are the entire contents of the iPhone, enjoy. P.S. I have bolded all company names, registered trademarks (except for those owned by Apple) and copyrights so you can see who Apple partnered with and why.

Legal Notices:
Copyright © 1983-2009 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Apple, the Apple logo and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc.

For Apple and third party software license agreements presented at activation or included with the product and presented with any software updates, see www.apple.com/legal/sla/

ACELP is either registered trademark or trademark of VoiceAge Corporation in the United State and or other countries and used under license from VoiceAge Corporation. The ACELP®.net codec in this product is used under license from VoiceAge Corporation. Copyright © 2002-2005 VoiceAge Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Audible software in this product is used under license from Audible. Copyright © 2002 by Audible, Inc. All rights reserved.

This product contains the BLUEmagic software Bluetooth® protocol stack. BLUEmagic is a trademark of Open Interface North America, Inc. registered in the US. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. used under license.

Portions of this Product are copyrighted by Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. "Hiragino" is a trademark of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. registered in Japan.

Copyright © 1981 Linotype AG and/or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. This Record Material And The Data Recorded Thereon Are Licensed From and Are The Property Of Linotype Or Its Licensors And May Not Be Reproduced, Used, Displayed, Modified, Disclosed Or Transferred In Any Manner Without The Express Written Approval Of Linotype.

Copyright © 1999-2002, Linotype Library GmbH & affiliates. All rights reserved. Linotype HelveticaNeue and Zapfino are Trademarks of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions, exclusively licensed through Linotype Library GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Marker Felt typeface designs created by Snyder Fonts.

MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and THOMSON multimedia.

Source of North American and Canadian area code data: http://www.nanpa.com/ and http://www.cnac.ca/

Features the QDesign Music Codec.

Features the Sorensen Video Codec.

Vantage Research (successor to Lernout & Hauspie) , et al. (ProofReader)

IntelliWriter ProofReader text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.

IntelliWriter ProofReader Catalan text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Adapted from Catalan word list © 1992 Universitat de Barcelona. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.

IntelliWriter ProofReader Czech text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Spelling database adapted from word list supplied by Jan Hajic. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.

IntelliWriter ProofReader Dutch text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.
IntelliWriter ProofReader English text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.
IntelliWriter ProofReader French text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.
IntelliWriter ProofReader German text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Spelling database adapted from word list supplied by Langenscheidt K.G. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Hungarian text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Portions of technology and word list supplied by Morphologic. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Italian text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Spelling database adapted from word list supplied by Zanichelli S.p.A. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Polish text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Portions of technology and word list supplied by Morphologic. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Portuguese text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved. Portions adapted from the Dicionario Academico da Lingua Portuguesa © 1992 by Porto Editora. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied algorithms or database prohibited.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Russian text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Spanish text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.
IntelliWriter ProofReader Swedish text proofing software © 2002 by Vantage Research. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policies:
Apple's Privacy Policy can be found at: http://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/
YouTube's Privacy Notice can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy
Google Maps Privacy Notice

November 1, 2006
The Google Privacy Policy and our various product-specific privacy notices describe how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and services, including any of Google's mobile products and services. In addition, the following describes our mobile privacy practices. For a web version of this and other Google privacy policies, please go to www.google.com/privacy.html.

Mobile-specific information we collect
* Most of the personally identifying information we collect is what you tell us about yourself. For example, certain of our products and services allow you to interact and share personal information and data with others. You choose what you want to share and how you want to share it.

* Sometimes, we record your phone number. We record your phone number when you send it to us; ask us to remember it; or make a call or send a text message or SMS to or from Google. If you ask us to remember your phone number, we will associate your phone number with your Google Account, or, if you do not have a Google Account, with some other similar account ID. We often generate this account ID based on your device and hardware IDs, so if you change your device or hardware, you will have to re-associate this new device or hardware with your account before we can authenticate you.

* Most of the other information we collect for mobile, such as your device and hardware IDs and device type, the request type, your carrier, your carrier user ID, and the content of your request, does not by itself identify you to Google, though it may be unique or consist of or contain information that you consider personal.

* If you use location-based products and services, such as Google Maps for mobile, you may be sending us location information. This information may reveal your actual location, such as GPS data, or it may not, such as when you submit a partial address to look at a map of the area.

* Certain of our products and services allow you to personalize the content you receive from us. For these products and services, we will record your preferences and any information you provide about yourself or your interests (such as a list of your stocks to personalize your stock listings).

* If you use Google to transcode, or format, non-mobile pages to display properly on your device, we need to send your request to Google's servers for formatting. That means that we will record these requests, which are generally for material beyond Google's sites.

Uses (aka: how Google uses the information they glean from you)
* We use your information to process and personalize your requests. We also use the information for support, to develop new features, and to improve the overall quality of Google's products and services.

* We may also use the information to show you a history of your activity, to provide you with statistics about you or your use of our product or service, or to provide you with a better user experience.

* If you purchase something through Google, we may also use your information to bill you and to handle billing disputes.

Information sharing and onward transfer
* All requests must be sent through your mobile carrier's network and your carrier may have access to it. For information regarding your carrier's treatment of your information, please consult your carrier's privacy policies.

* We may share your information with certain third parties we use to perform certain functions, such as billing and text message or SMS delivery. These third parties will be contractually bound to treat your information in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policies.

* Certain of our products and services allow you to interact and share your information with others. Please consider carefully before disclosing any personal information or data that might be accessible to others.

Your choices (do we really have a choice Google?)
* Certain of our products and services allow you to opt-out of certain information gathering and sharing or to opt-out of certain products, services, or features. Each product has a help page which describes these and other options.

More information
Google adheres to the US Safe Harbor privacy principles. For more information about the Safe Harbor framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's web site. Further information about Google's various mobile products and services is available at mobile.google.com. For more information about our privacy practices, go to the full privacy policy. If you have additional questions, please contact us any time at:

Privacy Matters
c/o Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043 (USA)

Acknowledgments:
Portions of this Apple Software may utilize the following copyrighted material, the use of which is hereby acknowledged.

Alice Group (BSD kernel)

Copyright © 1993 Allen K. Briggs, Chris P. Caputo, Michael L. Finch, Bradley A. Grantham, and Lawrence A. Kesteloot. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. 3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must display the following acknowledgement: This product includes software developed by the Alice Group. 4. The names of the Alice Group or any of its members may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE ALICE GROUP AS IS AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE ALICE GROUP BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

AT&T (C Library)
The author of this software is David M. Gay. Copyright © 1991 by AT&T.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any purpose without fee is hereby granted, provided that this entire notice is included in all copies of any software which is or includes a copy or modification of this software and in all copies of the supporting documentation for such software.

THIS SOFTWARE IS BEING PROVIDED AS IS, WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY. IN PARTICULAR, NEITHER THE AUTHOR NOR AT&T MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND CONCERNING THE MERCHANTABILITY OF THIS SOFTWARE OR ITS FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Stig Brautaset (json-framework)
Copyright © 2008 Stig Brautaset. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

Neither the name of the author nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Carnegie Mellon University (Mach Operating System)
Copyright © 1991 Carnegie Mellon University. All rights reserved.
Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software and its documentation is hereby granted, provided that both the copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies of the software, derivative works or modified versions, and any portions thereof, and that both notices appear in supporting documentation.

CARNEGIE MELLON ALLOWS FREE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE IN ITS AS IS CONDITION. CARNEGIE MELLON DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Carnegie Mellon requests users of this software to return to Software.Distribution@CS.CMU.EDU; or Software Distribution Coordinator, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890; any improvements or extensions that they make and grant Carnegie Mellon the rights to redistribute these changes.

Carnegie Mellon University; Paul Mackerras (pppd)
Copyright © 1993-2002 Paul Mackerras. All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. 3. The name(s) of the authors of this software must not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without prior written permission. 4. Redistributions of any form whatsoever must retain the following acknowledgment: This product includes software developed by Paul Mackerras.

THE AUTHORS OF THIS SOFTWARE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Derived from main.c, which is:
Copyright © 1984-2000 Carnegie Mellon University. All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. 3. The name Carnegie Mellon University must not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without prior written permission. For permission or any other legal details, please contact: Office of Technology Transfer, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. (412) 268-4387, fax: (412) 268-7395, tech-transfer@andrew.cmu.edu. 4. Redistributions of any form whatsoever must retain the following acknowledgment: This product includes software developed by Computing Services at Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.cmu.edu/computing/).

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, IN NO EVENT SHALL CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Brian M. Clapper (poll)
Copyright © 1995-2002 Brian M. Clapper. All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted provided that: (1) source distributions retain this entire copyright notice and comment; (2) modifications made to the software are prominently mentioned, and a copy of the original software (or a pointer to its location) are included; and (3) distributions including binaries display the following acknowledgement: This product includes software developed by Brian M Clapper, in the documentation or other materials provided with the distribution. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Effectively, this means you can do what you want with the software except remove this notice or take advantage of the author's name. If you modify the software and redistribute your modified version, you must indicate that your version is a modification of the original, and you must provide either a pointer to or a copy of the original.

Digital Equipment Corporation (BSD kernel)
Portions Copyright © 1993 by Digital Equipment Corporation.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies, and that the name of Digital Equipment Corporation not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the document or software without specific, written prior permission.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED AS IS AND DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORP. DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Hiroaki Etoh, Federico G. Schwindt, and Miodrag Vallat (stack_protector.c)
Copyright © 2002 Hiroaki Etoh, Federico G. Schwindt, and Miodrag Vallat. All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Michael Everson (Unicode Mapping Tables)
Used with permission from the author.

FreeBSD, Inc. (BSD Operating System)
This product contains software provided by FreeBSD, Inc. and its contributors.
Copyright © 1994-2007 FreeBSD, Inc. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE FREEBSD PROJECT AS IS AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE FREEBSD PROJECT OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

The views and conclusions contained in the software and documentation are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing official policies, either expressed or implied, of the FreeBSD Project or FreeBSD, Inc.

Free Software Foundation (libgcc, libstdc++)
Copyright © 1988-2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. (FSF).

Parts of this software include the libgcc and libstdc++ libraries owned by the FSF. You may obtain a complete machine-readable copy of the source code for the FSF software under the terms of GNU General Public License (GPL) with libgcc exception and GPL plus libstdc++ exception, without charge except for the cost of media, shipping, and handling, upon written request to Apple. The FSF software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GPL for more details; a copy of the GPL is included below.

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
Version 2, June 1991
Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Preamble
The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. This General Public License applies to most of the Free Software Foundation's software and to any other program whose authors commit to using it. (Some other Free Software Foundation software is covered by the GNU Library General Public License instead.) You can apply it to your programs, too.

When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.

To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights. These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it.

For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether gratis or for a fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that you have. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. And you must show them these terms so they know their rights.

We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software, and (2) offer you this license which gives you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify the software.

Also, for each author's protection and ours, we want to make certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for this free software. If the software is modified by someone else and passed on, we want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors' reputations.

Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.

The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification follow.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION
0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed under the terms of this General Public License. The Program, below, refers to any such program or work, and a work based on the Program means either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law: that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it, either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another language. (Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in the term modification.) Each licensee is addressed as you.

Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program (independent of having been made by running the Program). Whether that is true depends on what the Program does.

1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty; and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License along with the Program.

You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee.

2. You may modify your copy or copies of the Program or any portion of it, thus forming a work based on the Program, and copy and distribute such modifications or work under the terms of Section 1 above, provided that you also meet all of these conditions:

a) You must cause the modified files to carry prominent notices stating that you changed the files and the date of any change.

b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any

By Admin at 12:05 PM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Apple iPhone Legal Notice and Privacy Policies

A Practical Legal Guide to iPhone Application Development. This article provides an introductory overview of the common legal issues surrounding iPhone Application development, and the measures developers can adopt to minimize liability and maximize protection of their intellectual property rights.

Comments by EDG : Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 05:33 PM

Wow! That list is a lot longer than I thought. I too enjoy reading policies and procedures, but that was crazy! Thanks for sharing though.

Comments by Joey : Sunday, February 07, 2010 at 01:11 PM

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