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Closure of classification loophole could also raise revenue

Australian Government seeks to censor iPhone apps

The Australian Government is to close a legal loophole that allows smart phone games and applications to be distributed without classification.

According to the Australian, there are over 200,000 applications available to be downloaded in Australia.

Despite having its own stringent censorship policies, Apple, the largest distributor of this kind of software, is apparently dodging millions of dollars in classification fees. These fees can range from $470 to $2040, suggesting that the cost of complying with the new law could be quite significant.

“It’s one of a number of emerging issues that are coming out as the industry develops,” said the president of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, Simon Goodrich.

“It is a relatively new area and more checks and balances will come in as it grows.”

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