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Will the iPad Cause the End of Innovation?

April 5, 2010

Will the iPad Cause the End of Innovation?

Early last month the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a copy of the licensing agreement that developers have to sign to sell their apps through the App Store. Among the requirements: developers who used the company’s software development kit could not sell their work through other platforms, even if Apple rejected it, and a prohibition against discussing the agreement itself. (The group obtained a copy of the document by filing a Freedom of Information Act request after NASA released an iPhone App).

“It’s frustrating to see Apple, the original pioneer in generative computing, putting shackles on the market it (for now) leads,” Fred von Lohmann, a staff attorney with the group, wrote in a blog post at the time.

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