PocketGamer Criticises The App Store Approval Process For Approving Blatant Cases Of Copyright Infringement
Copyright infringement is one of the “ban” rules of the App Store approval guidelines, but Apple doesn’t actually check for these infringements (with the exception being proper use of Apple’s own intellectual property and trademarks) when reviewing submitted apps. The owners of the copyright are expected to tell Apple about the violation, who then pull the app from the store. This is the reason they aren’t “shot down on sight”; the reviewers just aren’t told to check for this stuff. In the areas where Apple does pursue active enforcement, they are largely infallible; you can’t trick App Store Review anymore. Tethering apps are the rare exception, because they can be created using public APIs … making them very hard to detect.
Whether the passive approach to copyright protection is bad policy or not is another issue altogether.