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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RE: Is that legal?
by umccullough on Wed 9th Jun 2010 18:02 UTC in reply to "Is that legal?"
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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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