Do the words devil, sell and soul come to mind here? The full text of the agreement can be found at the Electronic Frontier Foundation's website - but since one condition of being an Apps developer is that you don't reveal the terms and conditions pursuant to being an Apps developer, a Freedom of Information Act request was needed to obtain the gory details. As I have mentioned on other blogs of mine, Microsoft seems a paragon of virtue compared to the current control freakery of the (once) beautiful Apple. We can argue about whether we prefer open source to proprietary software, of course. Even as a self-confessed addict of open source ways of doing things, I can see examples of when - at least as business people - we would prefer the latter to the former. But proprietary terms and conditions? Where you cannot reveal the context in which you are working to anyone who is not a member of your select club? This is more like freemasonry for the digital world than a relationship between 21st century creators.
Definitely a bad day for electronic publishing, the day Apple got its grubby fingers in the pie.
More background here from John Naughton.