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In order to protect Apple's copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights, Apple's Software Licensing department ensures that domestic and international developers, user groups, and electronic bulletin boards are properly licensed.
Who needs to be licensed?
If you use all or part of any Apple software in a program that will be distributed to other people, you need to license the use of that software from Apple Computer, Inc. Apple Trademarks must also be licensed for use. This is true whether the product will be sold, used internally,or given away. It's true for commercial vendors and educators. It's true for old, new, and future Apple products. Licensable Apple Software and Trademarks include QuickTime, Apple Game Sprockets, OpenGL, Open Transport, the Mac OS Logo, the FireWire Trademark and Built for MacOS X Logo, and others. Software Licensing Agreements in Adobe Acrobat format.

Why do I need to be licensed?
We license our software in order to protect our legal rights. Apple's intellectual property--consisting of our name, our logo, our trademarks, and our copyrighted material--is a valuable corporate asset. All Apple software is copyrighted, and it is illegal for anyone to redistribute it without a license. Our Software Distribution Agreement allows developers to use and distribute Apple software in combination with their products.

When do I need to contact the Software Licensing Department?
Contact the Software Licensing department before producing written materials (such as manuals and disk labels) associated with your product, because there are several legal requirements of which you may need to be aware. For example, Apple requires developers to include a warranty disclaimer and other legal information in their manual. Developers must execute a license agreement before distributing a product containing Apple software.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

  • If you have signed a Software Distribution Agreement (SDA) with Apple and this agreement is current, you do not need to complete another SDA. You only need to complete the appropriate Addendum.

  • If the Apple software undergoes a version upgrade, you do not necessarily need to complete a new agreement or addedum if you to ship this updated version of the Apple Software with your product. Depending on the Apple Software and the version upgrade, no agreement may be necessary, or you may need to complete and addendum. Please see the agreements online section for more information, or contact Software Licensing.

  • When renewing an agreement you do not have to sign any other addendums unless Apple includes a letter and new agreement. Any Addendums enclosed with your renewals are for NEW products that you wish to add to your agreement. If you have no new products, do not complete the Addendums.

  • If there is any confusion as to which agreements you need to download for a specific contract, do not hesitate to email or call Software Licensing.

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept faxed or emailed agreement forms. All agreements must be originally signed and sent to the address below via post.

How to contact Software Licensing
Apple Computer, Inc.
Software Licensing M/S 198-SWL
2420 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (512) 674-2645

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