Apple not responsible for banning Saga #12

It’s come to light that it was not, in fact, Apple that was responsible for banning Brian K Vaughan’s Saga #12. Comixology’s CEO David Steinberger has come out and announced that it was they who were responsible, based on their interpretation of Apple’s iTunes terms of service.

“In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.

As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps.  Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.

Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12.”

The DRM Nightmare – Abuse of power in the Kindle system

As someone who would like to be able to eventually make a living off of my art, in my case writing, I have some opinions about DRM that would seem to run contrary to that goal. For those who are unfamiliar with the term DRM, it stands for Digital Rights Management, and it’s been a contentious issue for a number of years. What it allows publishers of digital content to do is manage how you can use the products that you purchase from them. It (theoretically) prevents file sharing by locking down the product you’ve purchased to only be usable by a specific person. This became a huge deal when the music industry felt like they were being ripped off by users of various file sharing (remember Napster? Kazaa?) and torrent sharing (Pirate Bay) networks.

I get the idea that people should pay for what they use. At the very least, the artist who has produced the content deserves to be paid for all of the time and hard work they put into producing it. If that artist chose to use a publisher, then that publisher should probably get a cut as well (though I’d argue aggressively on what amount).

Abuse by publishers and distributors is equally as much of a problem as what happened to this woman. The short of it: for reasons that Amazon would not detail, her purchases were deleted from her Kindle and her account was permanently shut down. The only thing that Amazon would share is that her account was linked to another account that they claimed broke the terms of service. She insists that she has no other accounts past or present with Amazon but they’re not hearing it.

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