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Old Jan 25, 2011, 01:54 AM   #1
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Apples Name Squatting Policy


so I've come into conflict with Apples name squatting policy.

This whole thing is ridiculous.
I registered an application name for use in of one of my projects.

Development has started, but boy... Time went by very fast.

After a while I started getting e-mails from Apple reminding me that the application name will be available for reuse once a certain timeframe passed.

I read it and thought ok... Fine... So I'll re-register the app name once it is available again, I am ready to upload my app and submit it then.

Wrooooong: After the 120 Days "grace" period I got a message reading the app name can not be re-registered by the same account.

All earlier sent notices read nothing about an app name ban.

I contacted apple about it but they are not willing to do anything about it and simply refer to section 3.2 about name squatting.

Section 3.2 (f) does not read anything about such a measure and I think this whole thing is pretty unfair.

Apple should seriously rethink their name squatting policy, i.e. pardon this say once a year for an application or so, or limit the applications a developer can register without submitting a binary or so.

The current policy is rather restrictive, prevents even legitimate use and ruins the "relationship" between Apple and the developer.

Apple should have at least warned of the consequences in it's prior notices and should seriously update their Developer License Agreement to include a paragraph about deletion and what exactly is defined as squatting by them and what not, as squatting per definition implies a plural or an excessive action.

I am pretty upset about this and I thought I'd I'd share this with you folks so you don't run into the same kind of trouble I did. Now I'll have to find a solution.
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