Originally Posted by lightknight If you did not go through an Apple-curated AppStore, Apple wouldn't be at fault.
I feel 165k is not a hefty price to pay for the total control that Apple enjoys over what can run on the iPhone. No sex-related on the AppStore, because Apple considers its role to protect poor little JimmyJoe from himself. If Apple can prevent me from suffering terrible brain damage due to using a sex-related app, Apple definitely should prevent me from using a stolen app.
That's the thing... When a "curated" App Store keeps curating into the store sub-par apps, what's the point of curating anymore? Sure, it keeps out porn, but you don't need hardcore (pun unintended) curation to merely prevent 18+ material, you can keep things relatively open, and just keep some sort of monitoring and filtering by Apple. This is different from "closed" and "curated".
I'm not saying Apple doesn't have the best App Store in the world, I'm just saying the pressure to approve apps no doubt has impacted overall quality.
On Android it can be chaotic but Google's Play Store system does help good apps shine on their own merit with a lot of customer feedback and interaction. PicsArt for example, coming to iOS soon from Android. Aqua Mail, a very, very sophisticated mail app... not that "pretty" but extremely feature-rich. And of course all the major apps are cross-platform anyway.
So the question is... Why me curate? (with apologies to Mad magazine)
Originally Posted by 9secondko
Gotta love Chinese courts.
Gee guys, let's sue the store instead of the pirates!
Some amazing logic going on there...
Originally Posted by Fake_William_Shatner
I bet dollars to donuts that it's some cousin of the band in question. I could see liability if the copyright holder caught the infraction and informed Apple and Apple did not comply. But really -- people can download this music off the web -- it's not like China doesn't turn a blind eye to copyright violations on the street (though they may have changed this).It's a minor nuisance fee -- but I don't LIKE the approach of such a lawsuit. It would mean that if I put something on YouTube, that YouTube would be sued -- so that means THAT COMPANY gets more involved in the content, which ruins the experience.Copyright violators should be responsible and THEN, only AFTER someone makes the abuse known should the CARRIER be liable -- not instead of or before.
This is what people don't get about Asia and keep calling me racist... The ethics and "social norms" are nothing like that which has been carefully cultured in the West over a millenium, through some horrible times, but coming out with the best quality of life humans have ~ever~ achieved thus far*. When it comes to Asia, let alone the Middle East, you are not going to see the same thing, not at least until 2035-2050 when Asia "evolves" like the West did from the Dark Ages, Renaissance, WW1, WW2, Cold War, and so on.
*Don't give me the "oh, everything is chilled out and happy in Asia"... Spend some time in KL, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Bangkok... Fun if you're an expat but grow up even middle-class in those cities and get back to me.Edited by sr2012 - 12/30/12 at 1:57am