The troubles for Apple are surfacing again and again. Not very late Apple was fined in a Beijing court for unauthorised e-book sales. Apple was ordered by the court to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan ($165,000) for selling unlicensed e-books.
Then Apple was accused of providing a large quantity of porn content through it Apple’s online App Store. This resulted in a public outrage in China and some parents even demanded for strengthened requirements for mobile applications.
As per the allegations, it was discovered that among the top 10 best-selling e-books available through the App Store, more than half had obscene content. Users also discovered that many free e-books, which were listed alongside children’s books, had lewd content.
The publication of online porn problem is taken very seriously by China as the Chinese government has started a six-month crackdown on online obscenity, including through mobile apps. The popular online portals and major search engines such as Google and Baidu were also targeted to check online pornography in China. A tip-off about porn web sites can be rewarded by up to 10,000 yuan (1,587 U. S. dollars) each in China.
However, the porn crackdown on overseas service providers like the App Store is especially difficult to achieve. Even copyright violations cases arising at the websites hosted in U.S. are difficult to pursue in some cases. U.S. needs to change its policy towards foreign IPRs violations.
The cyber crime cases against foreign websites in India are going to increase in future. This is more so regarding the e-commerce websites operating in India that are openly violating the laws of India. The e-commerce websites must be regulated in India as soon as possible as there are many e-commerce websites that are committing e-commerce frauds in India.
As on date, the e-commerce websites dealing with online pharmacies, online gamming and gambling, online selling of adult merchandise, etc are openly and continuously violating the laws of India, especially the cyber law of India.
Now it has been reported that Apple Inc. is once again in the pages of the People’s Daily, this time in an article listing a number of websites and app stores that have been investigated for providing pornographic content in China. Occasionally the Chinese government uses bans on pornography to censor politically sensitive content, according to analysts.
A government regulator named Apple Inc.’s app store as a source of “obscene pornographic” content late last month and ordered it to remove the content, submit a report about the violation, and take measures to prevent future violations.
Some have considered this conduct of Chinese government an attempt to push Apple out of China, its second largest market. But whatever the intention of Chinese government may be, apple must keep its conduct clean and law abiding.