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Apple iPhone and Censorship

So Apple has banned from their app store an application called Eucalyptus.  It's a viewer and search tool for Project Gutenberg, which is a collection of free classics (books).  Apple claims that the app contains inappropriate material.  Here is a quote from the email that Apple sent the guys a Eucalyptus.
Thank you for submitting Eucalyptus — classic books, to go to the App Store. We’ve reviewed Eucalyptus — classic books, to go and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains explicit content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:

“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”
Now here is the interesting part.  The app actually contains no books; it's just a reader and search tool for books.  Think of iTunes... When you first install it you have no music or podcasts because it is an app and contains no music or podcasts--Not until you purchase any.  Also, Safari is part of the iPhone.  You can go to project guttenburg via Safari and pull up the same book, which, by the way, is the Kama Sutra.  Should Safari be banned from the iPhone?  Now think of Quick Time. It's used to play videos.  Should Apple censor Quick Time from the iPhone because someone can search for porn and play it on their iPhone?


So Safari contains no web pages (it's just used to display them), Quick Time contains no video or music (it's just used to play them) and Eucalyptis contains no books (it's just used to view them).  Using simple logic here, we can see that these apps are essentially the same, just the content they display or play is different.  So does anyone think that Apple is fucked in the head?  Does anyone other than me suspect that Apple is censoring this application for reasons other than what they claim?  Which is to say, could Apple be censoring Eucalyptus because it might be a competitor to something that Apple is cooking up?

Well I say screw Apple!  Okay, I love my MacBook Pro. But still, screw Apple!

Can one download and use an application for the iPhone by not going through the app store thing?  If so, just boycott Apple and go to another place to get your apps.  If this is not the case, why do people put up with this bull?  I mean, I don't even like the iPhone--it's too small and it's controlled by big brother.  I wonder if Apple will start requiring a DNA sample from each iPhone customer.  Perhaps they will require that its customers get tagged with a small rfid tag embedded in their skulls.

Stuff like this just irks me somethin' awful.

Oh well, enough of my crap.





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