Apple says you can’t use iTunes to make nuclear weapons


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.

[via iDB]

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  1. AT

    The same end user license clause can be found in a number of software. I remember Microsoft C, C++ and maybe Visual Basic having a similar clause. With the programming packages, if you do not have your own EULA, you can use the one supplied by the programming software.

    If I remember correctly, Intel also has something similar for embedded chips.

  2. Seamus McSeamus

    Since it’s open source, I assume it’s okay to use VLC for the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Thus begins my quest to conquer the world!

    (Aside to any NSA or other US Government alphabet agency: Please do not come to my home to “talk” to me, or harass any of my family or friends. The above statement about conquering the world was made in jest, and my only intended use for the very fine VLC player is playing back legally obtained videos on my computer screen. No real intent to use said VLC player in the manufacture of nuclear, biological and/or chemical weapons exists, and was posited only as a humorous and fictional response to the story relating to iTunes.)

  3. Enrique Manalang

    [@Tom] It’s actually what’s written on the iTunes agreement. I also thought it was pretty strange. Let’s go with the right-sounding one :)

    I wonder what North Korea’s been using. Napster, Kazaa maybe?