iTunes license agreement says you can’t use it to make nuclear weapons

By , Jun 30, 2013

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Folks in the illegal arms manufacturing industry may want to double check the iTunes End User License Agreement before using the software for business. Apparently there’s a clause in the agreement that says you can’t use the app to make nuclear weapons.

It’s not a new addition by any means—I found references to the clause dating back to 2008. But given the fact that the gem has been rediscovered this week, and is causing quite a bit of commotion in the tech world, we figured it was worth sharing this morning…

Here are the lines, which can be found in section g of the iTunes End User License Agreement, as pointed out by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple:

“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.”

The design part I get, as I’m sure this covers App Store apps like Evernote and Paper that you could use to brainstorm. But I can’t imagine how someone would use iTunes to ‘manufacture’ nuclear weapons. That’s like saying don’t use Instagram to make illegal drugs.

Joking aside, I’m sure Apple is just trying to cover all of its bases here. But still, it’d be interesting to hear the conversation between the company’s lawyers and other legal advisors that led to this being added to the user agreement. “Yes, chemical weapons too.”

Happy Sunday!

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  • MHCsk

    Damn, my plans are ruined.

    • Liam Mulcahy

      lol

  • Mohamad Safadieh

    I bet Kim Jong-un is really sad.

    • Kurt

      Kim Jeong-Eun already has nukes so he’s not too sad

      • Raul Henriquez

        Only someone as dumb as you would defend that

      • Kurt

        You’re an idiot. Me being in Seoul, the city, he threatens to nuke and you think I support him. You don’t even speak spanish. Who’s the fat idiot?

      • David Villamizar

        “You don’t even speak spanish” +10000

      • Kurt

        gracias tio!

      • Raul Henriquez

        I hope he misses everyone and gets you only lol

      • Kurt

        vete al diablo. Eres rudo. por favor, no me escribe no mas. Lo se, no tienes amigos y estas escribiéndome cada dia porque quieres tener un amigo. Se bueno y tal vez, quizás vas a tener unos amigo en el futuro.

      • Raul Henriquez

        Dude why do you waste your time here lol

      • Kurt

        me gusto mi iPad y vas a comprar iPad 5. por eso, estoy aqui

      • Raul Henriquez

        Me gusta mi iPad, y voy a comprar el iPad 5. Por eso es, que estoy aquí. Learn how to write in Spanish before accusing a native English and Spanish speaker.

      • David Villamizar

        Well, so it was not a fake spanish, Kurt is just a jerk, sorry about that raul, your last name made me doubt :S

      • Raul Henriquez

        Gracias amigo : )

      • Kurt

        He didn’t write that. he already told me he doesn’t speak spanish. Obviously. he is lying now and ask someone to write that. I made one silly mistake saying “You’re gonna” instead of “i’m gonna” and one mistake I didn’t know. In English, you don’t say THE ipad…I thought it was the same in spanish. But They say “EL ipad” which I didn’t know. He attacks me personally each day, and I’m the jerk? You people have no education

      • Kurt

        no eres fluido en castellano. y lo se no sabes castellano. quien escribalo por ti?

      • Raul Henriquez

        Not only am I a fluent Spanish speaker but I write it well. And please stop embarrassing yourself. Quien lo escribió por ti.

      • David Villamizar

        I think he copy-pasted Google Translate, or just knows some spanish.

      • Raul Henriquez

        Yes it’s so obvious he’s using a translator lol

      • Kurt

        went to uni in spanish/germany no live in korea.

      • Kurt

        I’m not embarrassing myself. I speak English, Spanish, German, Korean. You told me you don’t speak spanish, now you say you do because someone is with you. Congrats on lying, since people are believing you. But if you are trying to fool me, I believe what you said before not today.

        How about you stop harassing me all the time?

      • Raul Henriquez

        Yes I lied to you because I don’t have nothing to prove to you. I rather not waste my time.

      • Kurt

        don’t have anything* well maybe you did lie, your not fluent in english to make that mistake. Maybe spanish is your first language. or you are an american who can’t speak english well. one of the two

      • Raul Henriquez

        Yes I did lie! I don’t have time to respond to your insults.
        And yeah that must be it, I’m an American who can’t speak the english language. Get some friends and find something useful to do, besides criticizing an insulting good decent people.
        Im so sorry you have a small penis and your wife is disappointed. Now goodnight and don’t ever talk to me again. You have been banned once again, every insult or reply will now be ignored.

      • Kurt

        You wrote me first today, which you do always, you attacked me calling me dumb. Now you are attacking me and my wife. I won’t respond here since it looks like you are done pretending you speak Spanish and done attacking me.

        Again, don’t write me ever again.

      • David Lira

        Nisiquiera sabes escribir español apripiadamente aprende a hablar bien antes de acusar a alguien diciendole que el no sabe.
        Thanks for your time.

      • David Villamizar

        No era necesario insultarlo tanto, tampoco el comentario de abajo, definitivamente te podías ahorrar ese…

      • Mohamad Safadieh

        PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING ON MY COMMENT OMG xD

      • Christopher Robinson

        Well, ya don’t know danish, bitches :D

        Jeg kan godt lide at spise stegte nudler med soya sauce, og tror i ikke jeg er dansk? Her er et bevis:

        Rød grød med fløde, wienerbrød, Danskvand.

      • David Villamizar

        OMG, I DON’T!!!

    • Wassim Omais
      • David Villamizar

        It looks like they make the same old fatboy bomb from the looks of that computer…

  • Dani Hayes

    This is old news. It was report on about one or two years ago.

    • Daniël Schildknecht

      If you read CLOSELY you see that indeed the first report goes back to early 2008. However since it’s a big discussion point again they inform you about it.

      • Dani Hayes

        So then why being it back up?? Oh wait, because someone else just posted it as new on another rumor site.

      • Daniël Schildknecht

        Yes because of another site, but iDB is just telling us that it is in the news again. So if that’s your problem go b*tch about it on the site that brought it back up cause you are just stating something that Cody already said himself.

      • Dani Hayes

        Pointless to bring it up again is my point. Just shows the decline in “journalism” here.

      • Daniël Schildknecht

        I thought journalist are supposed to inform you about the things that are happening/discussed so that you know what is going on. Anyway it’s just annoying that there are always people conplaining on iDB

      • Dani Hayes

        I only complain when iDB post something irrelevant.

      • Joseph

        It’s an Apple-based blog, iTunes is an Apple product/program. Therefore, you are a hypocrite.

      • Daniël Schildknecht

        Amen

  • Byron C Mayes

    I’m more concerned about the bad grammar (assuming it’s properly quoted). Seriously, Apple’s surely paying these lawyers a lot of money. They should get a well-written document.

  • Mario Britten

    The real question is who read the license agreement

  • Amad

    I don’t think anyone is loosing any sleep over it.

  • Zorvage

    South park.

  • Cesar D

    4 years in the itunes license agreegements and nobody of us have not readed it? Wow we are really blind, i am really sad because i had to use google play.

  • Avery Massenburg

    You could easily use Instagram to make illegal drugs. That is if someone was stupid enough to post a picture walk through on his/her Instagram account.

    Using iTunes to manufacture Nuclear weapons on the other hand, I don’t get. Maybe the same applies, if somebody gets CAD blueprints and uses an app from iTunes to read, and then reproduce the weapon described?

  • Gerardo Maasberg

    Oh bummer :(

  • seyss

    this again.. im getting old

  • davinspir .

    The iphone 5 license agreement says, and i quote
    “even though the iphone 5 is long and narrow,using it as sexual equipment to shove it to your ass,is explicitly forbidden”

  • ic0dex

    This article was posted in the past. This is the second time iDownloadBlog is talking about this.

  • Abhinandh Ajay

    I’m gonna use iTunes to create a nuclear weapon……. Said no one ever :P

  • Pod2g2

    Then…Can I use safari to spread this Bomb!!??It’s license doesn’t phorbid me :P
    Here :

  • kimhor

    my iphone can not activate

  • burlow

    this has been there for a few releases now. nothing new, but funny still.

  • Ósma Prawda

    hivlysning people im this gay with movie ipole whot is about they will give me some money?