Apple, Your Developer Agreement Tramples on Free Speech and Innovation
Apple requires that all iOS developers agree to terms that restrict what they can say about the company and what kinds of apps they can build.
Developers shouldn't have to give up their rights to make an iPhone app. App makers should demand better terms, and the customers who love their iPhones should back them.
The outrageous terms in Apple's iOS agreement undermine the rights of developers and the security of their users. Apple should rewrite these terms to respect the developers and users that make the platform so popular.
Currently, Apple's terms:
- Ban iOS developers from ever speaking about the developer agreement.
- Ban iOS developers from jailbreaking an Apple device, or even enabling others to do so.
- Require Apple to approve every security update, which means that unaddressed security bugs could linger and leave users at risk.
- Wrap every app in the Apple store with unnecessary DRM, which limits what users can do with their apps even if the code is published as free software.
Developers shouldn't have to sacrifice their rights to speak and innovate freely just to bring their applications to millions of Apple users. Amend your terms to respect free speech, security, and innovation.