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iTunes and their weird user agreement!

by Aadarsh Jain

iTunes and their weird user agreement!

May 26, 2021

When you install new applications on your Mac, you're always faced with a lengthy end user licencing agreement that you must accept before using the programme. You're meant to read it, but none of us ever do because they're so long and dull.But it's at the end of the iTunes end user licence agreement that it clearly states that you must commit not to design or produce nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.

In their user agreements, which you must sign before you download apps or sign up for a subscription, tech giants have all manner of odd clauses. But Apple has to have one of the weirdest terms ever seen. You would choose not to use iTunes (or any of Apple’s other online stores) to develop nuclear or biological weapons.

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You would choose not to use iTunes (or any of Apple's other online stores) to develop nuclear or biological weapons when you agree the terms and conditions.

The "Clause"

“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.”

Reasons for such clauses

Apple does not make its terms and conditions lengthy, dull, or impossible to read on purpose. It could theoretically shorten them, summarise them, or take out a few bullet points at the start to let you know if anything has changed since you last saw them. However, if something were to happen, someone might contend in court that anything hidden deeper down in the paper was given insufficient weight. That is something Apple does not want to happen.

The terms and conditions are designed to shield Apple from disciplinary action if you are dissatisfied with the product or if the product causes a consumer to suffer an accident. Furthermore, the words are intended to safeguard App.

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The terms and conditions are designed to shield Apple from disciplinary action.

The iTunes Terms and Conditions, properly referred to as the Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions since it was revised and renamed in September 2016, are the Ts&Cs you are most likely to have committed to.

The terms and conditions for iTunes is infamous for being so lengthy that no one reads them. So much so that a South Park episode is devoted to the fictitious repercussions we may be agreeing to.

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