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You're correct. The iBooks Author app embeds Apple code, both HTML, and Javascript, in the form of easy to use Widgets that enable the functions that make the book more than just text, such as photo galleries, embedded movies, etc.

Thus an iBook produced with the app is a derivative work that includes within it Apple copyrighted code.

Apple's ability to restrict the use of such derivative works is the very same ability the GPL relies on.

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