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New iPhone censorship row emerges

New iPhone censorship row emerges

The furore surrounding censorship of applications for sale in the iPhone App Store has been reignited with the news that a German publishing group is challenging Apple's command to excise nudity from its software.

Springer has defended its BILD-Girl app, which is based on one of its daily tabloid publications, and has sought the support of the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP). The app allows users to undress girls by shaking their handset.

Apple has said that the nudity which Bild exhibits daily in its printed form should not be carried over to its app and has asked that the models only strip down to their bikinis.

After being contacted last week to discuss the issue, FIPP has yet to come to any conclusion, but there is speculation that a complaint may be made.

Leading German publisher Wolfgang Fuerstner told the Guardian: "Publishers can't sell their soul just to get a few lousy pennies from Apple."

Meanwhile, Bild's Donata Hopfen claimed that bowing to Apple's censorship wishes could have greater ramifications in the future.

She said: "Today they censor nipples, tomorrow editorial content."

Apple has already booted another German publication from the App Store for breaching its nudity policies and Bild was forced to comply with Apple's request in January in order to avoid the same fate.

Bild and other German publications' iPhone apps have become steady sources of income for publishers of late, with over 100,000 apps of this kind sold through Apple's online software market.

The subscription-based BILD-Girl app costs users around £1.44 each month and can be supplemented with a full print-out of the featured models for an additional fee.

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