Nadezhda Tsydenova, reporting for Reuters from Moscow:
The bill, submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament by
lawmaker Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions on the sale of
applications be capped at 20%. Apple currently collects a 30%
commission on sales in its App Store.
The bill, if adopted, would also oblige app sellers to pay a third
of their commissions to a special training fund for IT specialists
on a quarterly basis.
There’s no sign that this proposal will become law, but what if it did? What happens if — or more likely, when — countries start passing laws that mandate third-party app stores? For a small country, Apple might just walk away — like Facebook and Google are with news in Australia. But what does Apple do if China mandates third-party app stores?
One of the big downsides of Apple’s complete control over the iOS platform is that it creates an obvious target for legislation.
★ Friday, 4 September 2020