NDA是否真的涵盖App Store拒绝?

美国东部时间下午5:30更新

昨天我联系到了这部作品由Arnold Kim在MacRumors创作据报道,为了应对围绕App Store拒绝的争议,如Podcaster和MailWrangler,Apple现在声称拒绝信件被臭名昭着的iPhone SDK保密协议所涵盖。

我想知道的是:

  1. Is this really true? Is it possible, perhaps, that this particular rejection email came from someone in Apple developer relations who includes “本消息中包含的信息不在披露之内” in their email signature? At least one DF reader has emailed me with an example email from ADC, in response to a completely non-iPhone-related bug report, which contains that same boilerplate.

  2. If it is true — that all rejection notices contain the assertion that the notices themselves are under NDA — is it actually a new policy? Has anyone received an App Store rejection notice prior to this week which did not contain the NDA assertion?

任何能够帮助回答这些问题的人都可以保证机密性。

更新

自从我发布此条目以来的五个小时内,我收到了大约二十多条回复。

Nearly all responses were from iPhone developers who received rejection notices prior to this week; according to these developers, their rejection notices from Apple did提到NDA这些拒绝通知中的大多数都是关于特定的技术问题,“你的应用程序因X和Y而无法发布请修复X和Y并重新提交。“

这是我从收到拒绝电子邮件的一位开发人员收到的电子邮件中的一段本星期

I am an App Store developer, and also happen to be an Intellectual Property Attorney I received a rejection this week (with the famous “customer confusion” language, albeit not a “don’t compete with us” type of rejection — this one, while stupid, was easy for me to fix).

It did NOT have the NDA language in the email, and I received it the same day as or the day after the now infamous NDA rejection.

只有一位开发人员通过电子邮件说他收到了Apple的拒绝通知,其中包含以下样板:

iPhone应用程序审核小组
Apple开发者连接
全球开发者关系
********************************************
本消息中包含的信息不在披露之内
********************************************

然而,一些开发人员表示,他们已经在苹果公司的ADC代表处使用这条线路接收电子邮件多年,早在iPhone之前。

一位只编写Mac软件而非iPhone软件的开发人员通过电子邮件发送:

I trawled through my emails to find bug reports and other correspondence from Apple Developer Connection (of which there is quite a bit).

每一个人有文字:

********************************************
本消息中包含的信息不在披露之内
********************************************

即这个特殊的样板,所有的帽子“本消息中包含的信息不在披露之内“,已经出现在ADC的一些电子邮件中多年,并继续出现在一些与iPhone完全无关的电子邮件中。

我的结论是,尽管整个情况都很糟糕,App Store拒绝了“功能重复”和NDA的挫败感,但似乎Apple并没有改变其关于拒绝通知是否保密的政策。