WWDC 2013 videos uploaded to YouTube, but not by Apple

WWDC 2013 videos uploaded to YouTube, but not by Apple

Summary: Apple holds its non-disclosure agreements closely to its chest. But what happens when the company's entire developer conference video set end up on YouTube?

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Upload all the videos! Apple isn't best pleased right now. (Screenshot: ZDNet)

Rumors began to rumble online on Monday morning following the apparent release of more than 100 developer-only videos on YouTube from Apple's WWDC 2013 developer conference in June.

Some were extremely pleased to have access to such a vast array of content. Some thought it was a little suspicious, considering the technology giant charges up to $99 per year per program for developers, and $1,600 for tickets to the exclusive conference, which sold out in just a few minutes.

Alas, it was the latter over the former.

The rumors began after some tweeted links to the videos. But a few things appeared to give the game away. Across the selection, there were only a few hundred views on each video — some with far less. Also, the banner and the logo behind the YouTube channel looked clunky and out-of-sync with Apple's desired design aesthetic. 

And above all else, Apple hadn't said a thing. Not a shred of publicity, and no public statement.

Until today.

A spokesperson for the company, notorious for its secrecy, confirmed in an email to ZDNet that the videos, "have not been uploaded by or are authorised by Apple."

The sessions that were covered included iTunes Connect, application sandboxing, iAd development, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 development, and accessibility features. An estimated 300GB worth of content were uploaded to the videos-sharing site, and included high-definition 1080p quality.

Apple has more than 300,000 iOS developers in the U.S., with tens of thousands more around the world. Apple developers are also under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) which prevents them from disclosing content publicly. It will be almost impossible to determine who uploaded the videos, unless Google gives up the user to Apple — which it has no incentive to do.

We got in touch with Google, which owns YouTube, to see if it had received any requests from Apple to take down the videos, but did not hear back at the time of writing. We'll update you with more as soon as we get it.

Topics: Apple, Software Development, Web development

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  • lmao

    it was probably Google themselves that did it.
  • Correction: Apple has over six million developers, with one and half ...

    ... million added in the last year.
    • Of course they do

      some people find it unnecessary to refer to the 5,500,000 fart app 'developers'.

      Who cares!
      Little Old Man
    • Furthermore (after a quick check)

      As there are less than 1m apps, clearly you're suggesting, on average, it takes 6 or 7.5 developers per app?

      Really, for all those fart apps? Again, your comments smell of fish.
      Little Old Man
      • First of all, 1m applications are only current ones; a lot already are ...

        ... not in the store. Second of all, some developers do not publish their applications in public store; there are corporate clients. Third of all, and more importantly, this is overall number of developers, including for Mac OS X (WWDC is not about only mobile.) Finally, it is official Apple's statistics from WWDC.
  • Copyright In The Videos Belongs To Whoever Made The Recordings

    Unless Apple can prove it was the one who made the recordings, it cannot claim copyright on them.
    • Not necessarily.

      If you go into a movie theater with a video camera and tape the movie, you don't own the rights.

      Also, uploading these videos breaks the NDA that all developers must agree to.

      Furthermore, Apple does claim the rights to the contents of the videos, much as the movie studio owns the rights to the movie being taped.
      • Re: If you go into a movie theater

        Relevance being?
        • Relevance?

          You just claimed that making a video gives you copyright. Read your own posts.
          • Re: You just claimed that making a video gives you copyright

            That's right, it does. So where do "movie theaters" come into the issue of these Apple videos?
          • You are wrong: It doesn't.

            Again, you claimed that making a videotape gives you ownership of the content.

            It doesn't.
    • Thats not true

      And it is the reason videos are pulled from Youtube all the time. It has nothing to do with who filmed it but the content of the video.
      • Re: Thats not true

        Copyright only applies to things that are "fixed in a tangible form". If you give a performance, that performance itself is not copyrighted, but recordings of it are.
        • Try taping a Broadway show.

          Live performance, and you still don't own copyright.
          • Re: Live performance, and you still don't own copyright

            I do own the copyright in my video.
          • No, you don't.

            You don't own the content. You can't copyright a blank videotape. Once you add someone else's protected content, you still can't copyright it.
  • Apple should take down those video

    Not only they're within their rights to do so, but also to combat the demand of potential developers who are interested to develop software on iOS and Mac OSX.

    Yea... They should totally take those video down. /s
  • Finally ,the Videos has been taken down

    WWDC videos has been taken down due to CopyRight claim by Apple

    See the Image below

    Pratheesh PS
    • not so fast....

      the video has already turned viral..
      the more they "talk" about the more the video spread...