Wanna download that leaked copy of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE from Pirate Bay onto your iPhone? There's an app for that…not!
The App Store has rejected a BitTorrent-based iPhone app. (Gee, who didn't see THAT one coming?) Apple argued that Maza Digital‚Äôs Drivetrain ‚Äú[is of a] category of applications is often used for the purpose of
infringing third-party rights.‚Äù (Never mind that there's at least one Mac user out there infringing some intellectual property even as you read this.)
Just as predictably, Drivetrain coder Aaron Scott called bull***, stating ‚ÄúI do think that some people might choose to download pirated works.
But they can not outlaw a program because of a few who choose to do the
wrong thing. The BitTorrent protocol and client apps are not illegal.‚Äù (Okay, raise your hand if you've ever actually SEEN someone use BitTorrent in a non-piracy context. I didn't think so.)
Apple clearly doesn't want their hardware cash cow to be a handheld software siphon. At the same time, the US Copyright Office is considering authorizing iPhone users to jailbreak the device and run unauthorized apps, which would break the House of Jobs' iron grip over the iPhone app pipeline.