Originally Posted by Lloydbm4
They aren't just going after Apple. They already have extorted Google for the Play Store. Same B.S. Europe continues to go after businesses that make a lot of money to pay for their failing social programs.
1- You must not be aware of how modern capitalism work. Primer, American businesses extort the world to pay for their failing model. Heard of the words "financial crisis"?
2- If Google and Apple aren't happy, they're welcome to get the f*** out. Free information, they're not getting out any time soon, which shows they're more reasonable than you are.
3- Governments actually make whatever laws they feel like doing, and they're certainly not going to ask you, other than by way of elections if you are an elector, which doesn't sound like it's the case. Ain't it sad.
4- Read "Who owns the Future". It's American-made. You might understand how "failing social programs" are actually this expensive because of America's broken system. We Europeans are starting to have had enough of paying for your retirement plans, you know? How about instead of whining, you actually get yourselves a decent socialist system? Oh, wait. Political blindness.
Apart from these quite obvious dissent-of-opinion points, where I actually understand that many people here might disagree with me and 400 million other Europeans (give or take), and billions of other non-American people, I think that several commenters here have expressed their opinion that "people should take responsibility for their actions". That's exactly what the EU is trying to do, imho. Currently, techspeak is making things unclear to non-tech-literate parents, and these are VERY common among Apple-users, who choose their machines because they "just work", "no manual needed". (Yes, I'm a Apple-power-user, as many on these forums, but we AppleInsider Commenters are NOT representative of the average Apple user). Hop on a commuter train and look at the people holding iPhones. Look at the people working from MacBookPro's. How many have even a clue what "fusion drive" is? How many should be expected to know what IAP is? Answer, very few.
To the person who stated that everyone should know the law, that's actually not true. You're not expected to know the law when it relates to obscure elements, typically technical points. A pilot is supposed to know about flight routes, but not his passengers. An IT staff cannot claim ignorance of the law if torrenting illegal material, even if caught for the first time, when normal people get a "first offense" reprieve.
I think the person who stated that people should be aware that games cost money to make and stop wishing for "free" everything is very right. In the end, if YOU (everyone) live for free, YOU (everyone) will also starve, because your own revenue will evaporate like the revenues of the ones you starved, right?
Finally, I think this is partly due to the complexity of the AppStore. There is no "Trial Version" possibility, so people do "free with IAP", which imho is sleazy, but I can tell you my producers heavily disagree with me. People make all sorts of horrible things also with IAP, like crippling a game/software (sometimes, even a paid one). People also sometimes make very appropriate IAP (ProCreate comes to mind). These should be curated by Apple in different categories: Trial, Lite/IAP, Full with extensions/addons/chapters...
Disclaimer: This is my opinion, based on the fact that I'm an European developer of Apple-devices software who spent most of his working career paying, like other Europeans, for America's failure to run a successful capitalist model without having the rest of the world pay America's debt off, something that many Americans probably don't even realize.