Does your app contain, display or access third-party content?

Apple have recently added a new question into the iTunes Connect flow when submitting a new app, or an update to an existing app.

"Does your app contain, display or access third-party content?"

If you answer "No", you can continue with the submission, if you answer "Yes" you are asked a further question, "Do you have all necessary rights to that content or are you otherwise permitted to use it under the laws of each App Store territory in which your app is available (for example, fair use).

If you answer "Yes", you can continue, if you answer "No" you are shown a warning, and a link to the trademarks section of the App Store Guidelines.

This doesn't appear to be any new policy on Apple's part, but we can guess that Apple is planning to enforce the guidelines more strictly in future, in particular guideline 8.5:

8.5 Apps may not use protected third party material such as trademarks, copyrights, patents or violate 3rd party terms of use. Authorization to use such material must be provided upon request.

This seems most likely to affect apps which use the brand names or logos of other companies, for example apps which show fashion products, sports teams, TV network logos, etc. Be prepared to submit written documentation that you have the right to show such content, even in the past Apple has not rigorously required this.

Matt Mayer

Matt Mayer is a founder at ReignDesign. Matt is from the UK and was based in Shanghai for ten years. He is now living in Bangkok, Thailand.

5 comments

  1. hi
    my application was rejected.
    and iTunes wrote : Apps may not use protected third party material such as trademarks, copyrights, patents or violate 3rd party terms of use. Authorization to use such material must be provided upon request

    How to get approval for App Store?
    how to get Authorization to use such material must be provided upon request?
    ı don’t know what ı should do for provided upon request?
    please help me about this is subject

    Best Regards
    please help me about this.

  2. hi

    as you say I gave my application error.
    application that streaming TV channels, the content of which we copyrighted.
    application was rejected .Apple wrote this message:

    Additionally, we found that your app includes features for streaming TV channels, the content of which may be copyrighted. The use of third-party copyrighted materials requires documented evidence of your right to use such content in your app.

    Apps may not use protected third party material such as trademarks, copyrights, patents or violate 3rd party terms of use. Authorization to use such material must be provided upon request.

    Now ı don’t know what should do? we have copyrighted.ı wrote to apple that we have copyrighted.but again wrote : Apps may not use protected third party material such as trademarks, copyrights, patents or violate 3rd party terms of use. Authorization to use such material must be provided upon request

    what should do for request?
    please help me.
    Regards

  3. Do cocoa pods like google maps, tpkeyboardavoiding, and charts also come under the third party content?
    What do I need to answer “yes” or “no” in such a case?

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