Getting written permission from Sony

  • I'm not a lawyer and lawyer speech is not one of my skills, for the Audio Control API we hope we have it covered (and all examples should be OK to use, we are looking in to how to improve and clarify the current docuemntation), if there should be a problem we have the contacts to get the correct person that can authorize needed approvements and/or updates if needed.

    For the TV we are not currently working with that group and I'm currently trying to get in touch with someone how can give me an answer or at least redirect me to someone how can give me an answer of what to do or how to contact. But due to the current situation lot of people are working from home and it takes some time to get in touch with the right people.

  • Thanks, @david.

    Regarding the Audio Control API it doesn't explicitly say that one can re-use the JSON examples, and that the API is licensed under the CC 4.0 Attribution - No Derivatives license which prohibits people from doing the following: "produce and reproduce, but not Share, Adapted Material."

    I presume this is to stop people sharing modified versions of the documentation. Maybe I'm being pedantic, but perhaps a blurb on that page saying people can re-use the examples in their products, might clarify things a bit, e.g. explicitly state that using the examples is "fair use" or something?

  • Thank you guys for your quick replies. I already had the disclaimer on the product description about my app not being associated with Sony Corporation.

    However I have submitted the application again with a message to the Apple reviewer team about having this disclaimer in the description. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

  • @baker-anas still haven't got a answer for you, still waiting for people to get back to me. Just a thought is to emphasize that you are only communicate with the API documented at the pro-bravia via local area network (LAN). Have no idea if it will help in this case. I know that the AppStore submission process can in some cases be a bit unclear and at some times frustrating... sometimes things just passes even if you expect them to not...

  • @david , @grolschie :

    Sorry for being late on the result. It took a while from Apple to get the response. I had replied to the app review team about the disclaimer on the Application description but no luck. Application got rejected again.

    However I tried to dig a little bit about this issue on the internet and found some discussion about the similar issue on some other threads.

    On that thread a LIFX Employee took the responsibility and provided permission to those who were getting app rejection from Apple.

    I wonder if I can get such permission from Sony? Or is it not possible for a third party developer like me to create such Application which controls Sony devices?

  • @baker-anas no luck with the TV team, checking with some other legal teams if I can find a more general solution/responce...

    If I could I would gladly have given you a written permission my self but unfortunately that is out of my authority currently.

  • @david : Thank you for your concern regarding this. I hope you will find someone who can give us the proper permission for publishing app in AppStore.

    In the meantime I will periodically check this thread for any updates.

  • Hey guys,

    I'm having the same issue.

    In order to resolve this issue, I need to get a formal letter from Sony representative in which the company allows me to control external hardware from Sony.

    a letter like this will do:

    To Whom It May Concern,

    The developer of X application (Y) for iOS is authorized to control Sony hardware under Sony's Terms of Use (

    Any questions regarding this authorization can be directed to Sony (

    Thank you,
    Sony Developer

  • Hi @ozshabat, can you also add what API:s you want to use

  • yeah sure @david. I basically want to develop a remote control which controls Sony's products, like cameras, audio devices and etc.

    I'll probably use the Camera Remote API, the Audio Control API and other APIs or libraries published by Sony from: to help in my aim.

    I've also noticed a bunch of sample projects in and in which will also might prove useful.

  • @ozshabat, I think David meant for you to add the APIs you are going to use into that letter.

  • Oh right, sorry.

    To Whom It May Concern,

    The developer of X application (Y) for iOS is authorized to control Sony hardware under Sony's Terms of Use ( using Sony's Camera Remote API (, Sony's Audio Control API ( or any API developed by Sony to facilitate the use of Sony devices from mobile, in abidance with Sony's terms of use.

    Any questions regarding this authorization can be directed to Sony (

    Thank you,
    Sony Developer

  • @ozshabat have you got the written permissions from Sony? I have encountered the same rejection form App Store.

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