Just as WWDC kicks off, iOS developers are talking about forming a union and protesting about the way Apple treats developers.
Their list of demands is outlined on the App Developer Union website and include a call for Apple to stop promoting cloned apps, to intervene in the patent dispute with Lodsys, and to reduce the 30% share that they take from app developers.
The demands on the website read as follows:
1. Put a stop to the cloning of apps: developers give sweat & tears to creating them and it's not fair, or good for the ecosystem, when cloned apps become promoted apps.
2. Resolve the Lodsys patent issue by one or more of the following:
- Show the developer community your license to the Lodsys patent so developers can make a fully informed decision about whether to take a license or to rely on Apple's
- Indemnify app developers against Lodsys (and others) on your platform
- Pay for the developers' patent license(s) out of your cut
3. Get to something more equitable than that 30% share you are taking from app sales; the more money app developers make, the better off the ecosystem!
The site asks for developers to follow the Twitter account #AppDevUnion during #WWDC.
Mac developers have also been complaining about Apple as well. Read about their thoughts about Sandboxing for the Mac App Store here.