MAD Magazine caricaturist Tom Richmond reports on his blog how technology firm Apple has refused to allow an iPhone application featuring caricatures of the US Congress to be sold through its iTunes store.
Richmond’s application or App, which is called called Bobble Rep, allows users to find the names and contact details for any of the 540 US congressmen and women currently in office. It was rejected on the grounds that it “contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.”
All iPhone applications have to be approved by Apple before they can be sold and installed on individual iPhones or iPod Touch. This decision may set a precedent for other cartoonists keen on moving into the lucrative iPhone app market.
Since posting about this on Monday, Richmond’s story has been picked up by columnists for CNN, the New York Times and MacWorld. US cartoon agency Cagle.com has also revealed it has a product in development with Apple.