Two IP lawyers contacted by CNN suggest there are three key areas to think about in the 50-plus screens of iTunes’ terms and conditions: the way Genius shares your playlist info; Apple’s refusal to take responsibility if you don’t back up your purchases; and your agreement that what you’re buying is a license to use other people’s content.
It’s an interesting article, and the lawyers (you’ll be shocked to hear) suggest all that legal terminology really is necessary, because the major labels and other content providers are probably insisting on it. They do think Apple should be clearer about it, but hold out little hope for a shorter document.
That said, would it kill Apple to link to a separate file of changes between this document and the previous version? Especially since they seem to be stymying the EFF’s efforts to track them.