24 Sep Ios Developer Agreement
The first thing you notice in the license agreement is its duration. While Google`s agreement is about 12 pages, the license agreement is 95 pages long. This article, which focuses on the licensing agreement for the iOS development program, is the second of two articles designed to help app developers understand the fine print of the agreements they are supposed to make with companies that market their products. Do you know of a place where a summary of the changes between versions of the agreement is presented (maybe somewhere on one of Apple`s sites and I just missed them)? Like Google, Apple allows developers to price their paid app at their discretion (with bundle and subscription pricing options available). And like Google, Apple takes a 30% commission on each sale. Unlike Google, Apple collects and directly inseggate sales and usage taxes related to each sale to the relevant government authority (although the final responsibility for these taxes remains with the developer at all times). Payments to developers, net of these amounts, are made within forty-five days of the end of each sales month. The removal of an app from the App Store by its developer is permitted at any time using the tools provided on the iTunes Connect website. Generally speaking, deleting only prevents other downloads of the app, but does not remove previously downloaded copies from a user`s device.
Apple reserves the right to remotely remove such previously downloaded applications if, among other things, a developer does not have the right to enter into the license agreement or distribute the program, violate the intellectual property of third parties or contain obscene or offensive material, or if the developer attempts to assert a claim against Apple, except in the context of the dispute resolution procedures mentioned below. In any case, deleting an app does not remove the developer`s obligations from the license agreement to Apple or existing end users of the app. Apple`s App Store has created and still defines the app market in many ways. With users downloading more than 7.8 million apps per day, distributing your product through this online store gives you instant access to consumers around the world. However, as even a superficial revision of the license agreement will demonstrate, Apple retains considerable control over any product offered on the App Store. One such control is the entrance fee to access Apple`s famous fortified garden and one that more than 9 million developers were willing to pay. The license agreement imposes a number of obligations on developers who take it. Registration of Apple`s development program currently requires the payment of a fee of $US 99 per year. The license agreement creates a non-exclusive, free intellectual property license from the app developer to Apple.
This license includes all facets necessary to enable the distribution of the application to end users, including hosting and displaying the application, creating copies, and deleting end-user downloads. However, it is less to be expected that this license will include Apple`s right to use snippets of an application in its advertising materials (unless the developer warns Apple that the developer itself does not own these rights due to the embedded intellectual property of third parties). The license agreement also requires developers to take certain confidentiality obligations that continue on a permanent basis. Confidential information protected by these obligations includes the functionality of the pre-availability software and the terms applicable to the license agreement for paid applications. While the license agreement may last indefinitely, as described above, it grants Apple and the developer the right to sub-apply apps previously downloaded from the App Store during the term of the agreement….