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Apple's iBook app may contract away copyright
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Msg#: 4409067 posted 5:05 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

Budding authors attracted to Apple's latest content-creating tool should tread with care lest the small print locks them in tighter than they'd imagined.

The End User Licence Agreement, to which users consent by using the software, requires the output of iBooks Author be distributed only through Apple's retail operation - with Cupertino getting its customary 30 per cent cut - to ensure that only Apple students get the benefit of Apple's largess.

The restriction is displayed when users run iBook Author, but only at the end of the e-book design process. At which point one might be prompted to go back and read the EULA - which wasn't displayed during the installation of the program:

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Posted as information only... it is possible to retain copyright but lose control of publication when using apps such as iBook to create your final output. A reminder that one should read ALL FINE PRINT before putting their signature on the bottom line.

 

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