Think twice before spending even a day in Apple's paradise
The new iBook Author software Application License Agreement includes this clause:
"B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:
(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;
(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution."
Beware when your toolmaker controls if and how you distribute the fruits of your creativity.
We know we live in a capitalist society, where capitalists own the means of production. But we were doing so well by giving access to the means of producing great new stuff to many many people (often for free). Until now.
But you have to admit it's an audacious business model.
I wonder if this has been tried before? The descendants of Thomas Caxton may now think he was a bit of a chump for missing this trick. Just think of all those bibles sold to believers as they spread the word far and wide, or later of Dickens, or every newspaper the world over. A slice would have been nice.
Or the chump that sold Van Gough his paints and his canvas without keeping the seller rights! The list is endless...
This is better than SOPA/PIPA. Forget piracy. Get ahead of the curve. Just own the commercial distribution rights to ALL the IP others create with your tools. Genius.
Regards, Ian Moncrieff MacMillan