Over the weekend RIM sent out copies of the new vendor agreements to all App World vendors. They have supposedly made these changes due to wording changes required for in app payments along with adding addendums to the Digital River and Bango agreements to include the BlackBerry Tabled OS SDK along with the WebWorks platform instead of Widgets. At first I thought this was just a nice bit of house cleaning for RIM until I read a few of the changes. RIM has also thrown in some nice wording that should make it easier for them to kick vendors out of App World in the future:
Vendor further acknowledges and agrees that RIM reserves the right, but has no obligation, to remove an Application from an End User wireless handheld device and/or disable (in whole or in part) the operation of an Application, and the End User’s access to such Application through My World, if the End User’s payment for that Application has been refunded by or charged back to the applicable MoR, or if the End User has engaged in fraud, or as provided in the BlackBerry App World Guidelines (including without limitation a breach thereof).
RIM Legal seems to have thrown in another paragraph which probably had Kik Messenger’s aggressive address book mining in mind:
All in all pretty innocuous changes but all done under the pretense of making it compatible with the BlackBerry Tablet SDK, WebWorks, and in app payments. All in all I find it kind of funny that it was against the agreement to submit an app in any format other than .COD files until now when Tablet OS apps are .BAR. That means the last few days of App World Tablet OS app submissions have been in violation of RIM’s own vendor agreement…
Thanks Shahzoor for the tip!