Apple drops claim to content created in iBooks Author
Apple has changed the end user licence agreement (EULA) for its iBooks Author tool in a bid to convince users that work published through the service remain under their control.
iBooks Author was released last month, but was swiftly criticised for a EULA that appeared to give Apple full rights over any content created with its software.
“If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software, you may only sell or distribute such work through Apple and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple,” the company’s terms originally stated.
However, Apple has moved to clarify its position, claiming that only files saved in its .ibooks format were subject to the restrictions.
“This restriction will not apply to the content of the work when distributed in a form that does not include files in the .ibooks format generated using iBooks Author,” the company said in its reworded policy.
“You retain all your rights in the content of your works, and you may distribute such content by any means when it does not include files in the .ibooks format generated by iBooks Author.”
The changes to the terms may pacify authors, who believed Apple could bar publication of works in rival formats, if it chose to do so.