Apple says you can’t use iTunes to make nuclear weaponsJuly 3, 2013 5 Email article | Print article
According to the iTunes End User License Agreement, the software can’t be used to make nuclear weapons. Wait, what? All this time, I thought iTunes was a slow and bloated mess because of poor coding. Turns out it’s because the software is more capable than we thought.
Now that I’ve got my obligatory iTunes is slow joke out of the way, let’s check out the section of the license agreement that contains the surprising limitation:
“You may not use or otherwise export or re-export the Licensed Application except as authorized by United States law and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the Licensed Application was obtained. In particular, but without limitation, the Licensed Application may not be exported or re-exported (a) into any U.S. embargoed countries or (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Person’s List or Entity List. By using the Licensed Application, you represent and warrant that you are not located in any such country or on any such list. You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.”
Just like iDB points out, it would make sense that they’d mention the possibility of designing a weapon of mass destruction — simple note-taking apps could aid in doing just that. But the manufacturing and production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons? I guess it’s better safe than sorry for Apple’s legal team.
And you never know, there might just be an app for that.