You Can’t Use iTunes To Make Nuclear Bombs And Wage Chemical Warfare


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End-User License Agreements (or EULAs) are the very bane of our existence here at Cult of Mac, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t helpful information to be gleaned from the jargon we typically ignore while installing software.

There happens to be a particularly interesting tidbit of information nestled in the 17,697-word iTunes Terms and Conditions EULA.

As noted by ModMyi, once you agree to use iTunes, you are absolutely prohibited from using the shiny music app for “the development, design, manufacture, or production of nuclear, missile, or chemical or biological weapons.” Apple obviously likes to cover all of the bases.

How would iTunes be used to help launch the world into a nuclear holocaust? The more you know…

  • Forest Walker

    inb4 windows maniacs angry about the tyrannical ghost of Steve Jobs restricting their freedoms.

  • cpm5280

    foiled again.

  • Daibidh

    Makes me wonder about the app submission whose rejection spurred Apple to include this clause. It must have been some app! LoL

  • MacRat

    This is US Export regulations that all software and other products from any US based company has to deal with.

    Maybe you should do some research before you post?

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  • Elsic1975a

    Tonight, Pinky, we try to take over the world….but not with iTunes!

  • CaveMan5464

    Maybe u should calm down. It’s mirely an article for humor. I don’t think the purpose of it was to analyze the shit out of that statement.

  • Vihang Godbole

    I guess the answer lies in the iTunes Music store..I’m sure people will start waging nuclear wars if Justin Bieber or Rebecca Black start topping the iTunes charts! ;)

  • Chris

    isn’t there a movie where the bomb is triggered by the last note of a song? might be possible with iTunes xD

  • ??nD ??os??A

    Exactly. There is crypto in the software, and thus it gets to be subject to all sorts of fun regulations. 

  • MacRat

    A common misconception that US export controls are only about encryption.

    Everything is under export controls. Doesn’t matter if it is hardware/software technology or a pad of paper.

    If you sell a candy bar to an export denied govt or individual, you are in violation of the same export restrictions.

  • djgrahamj

    I guess you could transfer an ebook with information on such things into iTunes and use it that way, but if you’re doing that I’m guessing violating Apple’s EULA isn’t a big concern.

  • djgrahamj

    True, but that doesn’t mean the wrapper has to have warnings about using chocolate to wage war.

  • Grady Gordon

    the brown note?