What you need to know
- German app developer and founder of FOSS Patents Florian Mueller has filed an antitrust suit against Apple.
- Mueller has lodged complaints with the EU, DoJ, and bodies in the Netherlands, UK, and Australia.
- Mueller says rules in both Apple and Google's App Stores are holding back innovation.
German app developer and founder of patent litigation blog FOSS patents, Florian Mueller, has filed antitrust complaints against Apple in several countries after a game he submitted to the App Store was rejected.
As reported by Reuters:
Mueller, who has previously interviewed with iMore as an antitrust expert, says that rules set by Apple (and Google) are holding back innovation and breach EU regulation.
Mueller submitted a game titled 'Corona Control' in November but was rejected on the grounds that Apple and Google both state any COVID-19 app must be government approved to prevent conflicting information or incorrect health advice. From the report:
In the complaint, Mueller writes; "The stated goal of 'ensuring the credibility of health and safety information' does not justify blanket rules based on authorship or merely the combination of a broad category and a topic".
Mueller rebranded the game as 'Viral Days' and got approval from both Apple and Google in December. The game is a real-time strategy game that demonstrates in real-time how a virus can spread from one person to another, and demonstrates the benefits of masks, social distancing, quarantining, and temporary lockdown, in a bid to help develop a more positive attitude towards such measures.
In a FOSS Patents report Friday, Mueller came out in full support of Epic Games antitrust fight, having provided in depth-commentary on the matter since the lawsuit was filed. From that post:
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