Despite being bashed all the time by Greenpeace for decidedly non-environmentally friendly behaviour, it seems that Apple is still a bit fluffy on some issues.
Indeed, the end user license agreement (EULA) which we all just click “I accept” on without reading when installing Apple’s iTunes software contains an interesting clause:
“Licensee also agrees that Licensee will not use the Apple Software 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.“
So there you have it – you can (somehow) use iTunes to design a replacement for the ubiquitous AK47 machine gun, but if you use it to build a nuclear bomb, then Apple’s lawyers will be after you.
Source – New Scientist
As it happens, when bored – I do often read the EULA (or actually skim down it quickly) as they do sometimes contain very odd things indeed.
I forget the details, but one I read some years ago banned the export of the software to any country which supplied goods prohibited under some US law to countries on a specific list. As the law included items which also happen to be components in ordinary televisions – that effectively banned the software being used anywhere in the world. Not quite what the lawyers had in mind I guess.