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Technology giant Apple is trying to legally hold off on reworking its rules for app stores, which they say would boost foreign ownership and security of the software.
The ruling follows a 2014 plea by iOS developer Kristin Mulvihill and the developer of an iMessage app, Ricky Baker, to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They argued that Apple’s then-existing restrictions were unfair, as they prevented software developers from earning money that way.
Wednesday, an appeals court concluded that Apple could stay a ruling from the International Trade Commission banning overseas sales of the iMessage app, but it agreed with the ITC ruling that Apple may not limit the foreign sales of some apps.
The Justice Department hailed the court’s ruling.
“This court’s decision serves as a much-needed wake-up call to the app industry that needs to heed the concerns raised by some business groups and policymakers over the illegal importation of apps for use on U.S. smartphones,” DOJ spokesperson Lauren Ehrsam said.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently said his company is growing too rapidly and needs to diversify from selling its hardware to services, like delivering movies and music over the Internet, in an effort to protect consumers and the environment.
Cook has been fighting a lawsuit brought by a California firm over whether Apple must provide details of these profits.
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