I read new T&C very carefully, folks. And I was alarmed by this passage in the iCloud T&C:
“However, by submitting or posting such Content on areas of the Service that are accessible by the public or other users with whom you consent to share such Content, you grant Apple a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform such Content on the Service for the purpose for which the Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you.” [Emphasis mine]
Translated from legalspeak, that means they can copy, change, or adapt any damn thing they like provided you share it with a friend. Even if you’re working on a book and you want a pal to beta-read it, Apple can start working on the television/movie script without your knowledge or consent. They can even wipe out your byline and insert their own at their leisure [“modify”, remember?].
I know they said they can’t own it, but they can publish it to a wider audience than you initially anticipated. An apple representative can read your unfinished WIP through a bullhorn to the population of Times Square if they want to. They can perform it first and claim the rights before you’re even ready to type “The End” on your work.
Just as long as they keep it on the Cloud.
And who is a courtroom going to believe made it first? Nobody You, or a rich corporation with a reputation for hiring geniuses and a pack of expensive lawyers?
Yeah, thanks a bunch, Apple. I’m scared to share any damn thing except Brony vids, now,