Apple goes auntie over slasher comic
Murderdrome is a comic published exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which makes its removal from iTunes something of a problem for publishers Infurious and bodes badly for their comic-rendering application.
It should come as no surprise that a product called Murderdrome has found itself removed from a channel that considers a picture of a knife to be offensive. And that's a shame, as the technology behind the title was interesting.
Murderdrome was the first title to make use of Comic Reader software, which is basically a rendering engine for comic books that offers the more-obsessed reader the option of seeing the development process, sketches, and even an audio commentary. OK, make that truly obsessed. The idea was that multiple comics would be available using the engine.
Apple has pulled the application because it breaches their SDK license, serving up content that "...in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable". The problem is that this restriction only applies to applications. Dodgy movies, episodes of South Park or even The Breakfast Club are perfectly acceptable iTunes content.
Of course, Apple can't browbeat TV or film studios into only producing wholesome family entertainment, but they can make themselves into the Comics Code Authority for the 21st century. ®
To Apple, sure. After all, you need a knife to cut up an apple. LOL!!!!
Wouldn't Microsoft behave in the same way?
Commercial companies, apart from those who sell "objectionable" content, have to worry about what their shareholders, clients, advertisers and governments actually think about the content they deliver.
This is why the BBC actually has more cutting edge TV than any other British TV company, they don't have to find sponsors for programs that some might find "offensive" and brand managers are very conservative about what their products might be associated with.
Apple are also susceptible to blandishments from competing organisations along the lines of get rid of that upstart, and we'll do you a much better deal on our content. So don't be too surprised if the same technology appears under the guise of DC or Marvel. After all one does have to maximise shareholder value, and they are not a charity.
Ah. the price of everything and the value of nothing.
It really won't be too long before Google, Yahoo and the rest start censoring what you can and can't see, in the name of profit, Apple just isn't quite big enough or strong enough to ignore these things.
Want to change their decision, eMail them direct, and frequently.
Indeed why should Apple find a knife objectionable?
Is this the beginning of a campaign to get us all eating of fruit unpeeled?
Pasis Hilton because it's my guess that Paris peels her apples and that's why she's got nice shiny hair.