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Apple Alters iBooks Agreements

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S. technology giant Apple said the content created with iBooks Author software belongs to the author, not to the company.

The original agreement had provoked some concern that Apple appeared to be saying in its iBooks End-User License Agreement that the content written with the easy-to-publish program was owned by Apple, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

This would be the equivalent of a typewriter company owning the contents of a novel.

PC Magazine columnist Sascha Segan wrote that the original agreement “affects every single person who wants to use Apple’s new tool to get their word out. Like iBooks Author? Apple new owns you.”

But Apple altered the license agreement to clarify the matter, saying the content belongs to the author, but if the content were distributed with Apple’s help, “you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple … before any commercial distribution of your work may take place.”

Apple also said it would determine with “sole discretion” whether it would distribute the content in question.

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