Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jun 2010 22:07 UTC
Apple When Apple announced its iAd mobile advertising initiative, many of us wondered how this would effect other mobile advertising agencies on the iPhone, and more specifically, Google's AdMob. Well, now we know: Apple has revised its iOS developer agreement to specifically lock out Google's AdMod. And then people wonder why Apple is no longer the darling of the geek world.
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Is that legal?
by jboss1995 on Wed 9th Jun 2010 17:39 UTC
jboss1995
Member since:
2007-05-02

I just can't imagine this being legal. Apple has gone off the deep end. They are worse then Microsoft ever thought of being. I remember the days when Apple criticized Microsoft for being a bully, wow that is calling the kettle black. I will not be buying any apple products. I have always wanted a iPod touch. I will never get one now. All these years of bad PR is catching up with Microsoft, Apple keep digging, you may be successful now but the first signs of trouble people will abandon you and feel no remorse as they remember how you treated others in the past. They may even stick a few knifes in your back as you go down.

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RE: Is that legal?
by umccullough on Wed 9th Jun 2010 18:02 in reply to "Is that legal?"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I just can't imagine this being legal.


Sure it's legal until someone files a lawsuit against them and wins ;)

Antitrust law and competition law in general is somewhat finicky. First there has to be proof that Apple has monopolistic control over the market involved before anyone is going to seriously consider their anti-competitive behavior to be illegal.

I seriously doubt it's at that level yet, the smart phone market has plenty of competition in it still.

As for the license agreement terms - I'm not familiar with the agreement - but I'm sure Apple has placed some verbiage in there from the start that allows them to retroactively remove rights from the developers - probably something along the lines of "these terms can change without notice at any time" or something.

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RE: Is that legal?
by Tony Swash on Thu 10th Jun 2010 10:42 in reply to "Is that legal?"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

I just can't imagine this being legal. Apple has gone off the deep end. They are worse then Microsoft ever thought of being. I remember the days when Apple criticized Microsoft for being a bully, wow that is calling the kettle black. I will not be buying any apple products. I have always wanted a iPod touch. I will never get one now. All these years of bad PR is catching up with Microsoft, Apple keep digging, you may be successful now but the first signs of trouble people will abandon you and feel no remorse as they remember how you treated others in the past. They may even stick a few knifes in your back as you go down.


To quote another more eloquent commentator:

Bullshit. Google started this. It was Google that turned its sights on the iPhone. If AdMob had remained independent, they could still sell in-app ads on iOS. If AdMob had sold itself to Apple instead of Google, they could still sell in-app ads on iOS. If Google hadn’t declared war against the iPhone, AdMob could still see in-app ads on iOS. They made their bed, now they have to sleep in it.

There’s no question it’s a dick move on Apple’s part. But what’s the argument against it? That Google gets a pass for being dicks to Apple, and Apple ought to just sit there and take it?

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