16 June 2010

Tales of Brave Ulysses: Apple Re-Thinks Book-Banning

NY Times

Score one for “Ulysses” – Apple has decided that it is not obscene after all.

After the makers of a Web comic version of the epic novel said last week that Apple had rejected several images that contained nudity, Apple reversed its decision on Monday morning and asked that the panels be re-submitted, said Chad Rutkowski, the business manager for Throwaway Horse, the publisher of “Ulysses Seen.”

“They basically apologized,” Mr. Rutkowski said. “They said they gave it a second look and realized that it wasn’t obscene or anything like that. They’re clearly drawing a distinction now and they understand what we’re doing.”

The initial installments of the heavily annotated version of the book are available in the App Store and on a Web site, ulyssesseen.com.

Mr. Rutkowski said he was rushing to re-submit the original panels to Apple. “The sense that he gave me was that they were going to try to get it approved and up there as quickly as we can,” he said.

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