Last week word that Amazon’s DRM policy for their soon-to-be-launched Appstore might be a bit strict had some worried, but today the retail giant has taken some time to clarify the copy protection measures in place for their Android app releases. First things first, developers must opt in to Amazon’s DRM protection upon uploading their applications to the Appstore. Apps won’t carry protection features that require they check with Amazon’s servers before launching without the developers consent.
Speaking of checking in with Amazon’s servers, even if an app chooses to use the Appstore’s DRM protection, it won’t require a handset have a constant data connection to work. The first time the app is launched it will query Amazon and download a token to the phone. The token allows the app to still be recognized as legitimate even when an internet connection is no where to be found.
These policies sound a lot more in line with the way Google currently handles copy protection in the Android Market, and should therefor already be familiar with developers. The Amazon Appstore is said to be launching later this month.