Stef (firecat) wrote,

Apple's digital content policy; or, perhaps Dreamwidth's next project could be an iPad app

According to this article, the iPad seems like it would be a good medium for e-comic books, and distributing through its App Store seems like it would be a good way to get content to people who want it.

But Apple has content restrictions on apps sold through its App Store, and Apple seems to count images of men kissing and hugging as "objectionable" content.

The content restrictions are being applied unevenly. The financial clout of the publisher is one of the criteria they seem to be using—e.g., Playboy and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition are available. Apple is completely open about playing favorites:
"Philip W. Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing at Apple, told the Times that a Sports Illustrated swimsuit app was different from the disallowed content because it was from a “well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format.” (source)
Steve Jobs said "we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

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