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Apple admits mistake over pulling of graphic novel

Mel Martin

Apple has reversed a ban on the app version of Robert Berry's comic book edition of James Joyce's "Ulysses," which has nudity. Apple has also lifted a ban on a graphic that shows 2 men kissing in Tom Bouden's graphic novel of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."

The Associated Press quotes Trudy Miller of Apple saying the developers had been "allowed to resubmit their original drawings" and use the original artwork.

It was about 75 years ago that the U.S. Federal Courts ruled that "Ulysses" was not pornographic or obscene. The case did not go to the Supreme Court. The novel had also been banned in Britain, but was legalized in 1936.

It appears Apple is beginning to loosen up the app store guidelines. Last April, Apple rejected an app that contained political cartoons, but relented when the author won a Pulitzer Prize.

The Ulysses 'Seen' app is free for the iPad. The Oscar Wilde graphic novel is U.S. $1.99 at the app store and is also designed for the iPad.


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