Delicious Library Pulled Due to Amazon Restriction

Delicious Monster has pulled their Delicious Library app for the iPhone from the App Store due to recent changes to Amazon.com’s Product Advertising API license agreement. Unfortunately for DM and their users, the app relies on this API, but Amazon’s license was recently changed to prohibit them from using it in an iPhone app, and they aren’t willing to make any exceptions.

So Amazon recently changed the terms of service for their Product Advertising API, which is in use in applications such as Delicious Library. This is (I believe) the API by which DL gets its book information, and through which it provides links to related items, reviews, etc.

The new license includes this marvellous little tidbit in section 4e:

“You will not, without our express prior written approval requested via this link, use any Product Advertising Content on or in connection with any site or application designed or intended for use with a mobile phone or other handheld device.”

The real kicker here is that these restrictions only apply to mobile platforms like the iPhone. Wil Shipley, head of DM and developer of the app, has contacted them to request permission to continue using their API, but was denied. The fate of the app remains in the balance, and will depend on if Amazon changes their mind and gives him permission, or if he can find the data he needs elsewhere.

[Alan Quatermain via TechCrunch]

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