Monday, May 11, 2009

Apple Just Says No To iPhone BitTorrent Handler

Citing concerns over the apps possible use to download copyrighted materials and the potential of copyright infringement concerns, Apple did as Apple often does and denied the inclusion of new app BitTorrent client to the App Store.

According to Apple rejected Maza Digital’s Drivetrain, saying “this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third-party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store.”

The irony invloved in the story is that Drivetrain is only a remote application handler, it doesn't actually act a BitTorrent client. You still need to use the Transmission BT Client. The app itself has nothing at all to do with Bittorrent. As Drivetrain doesn't actually upload or download anything, it's just used to manage Transmission running on your desktop.

The apps developer Aaron Scott told Wired he felt that Apple’s decision was “ridiculous.”

“I 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,” he said.

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