Apple stops cooperation with Crimean software developers over sanctions
Apple has unilaterally rescinded cooperation contracts with Crimean-based software developers, programmer Maxim Serdyuk told Interfax on Monday.
The company has removed the applications created by the Crimean residents from its online App Store used by owners of Apple products, he said. The company also blocked the internal accounts of the Crimean developers, to which the money paid by users for the applications was transferred.
"I was told that the company rescinded the contract and asked to destroy all data, all technical information that I had received from Apple. About 15 of my contacts have reported having received similar notices. The money in the Apple accounts, not withdrawn earlier, is now stuck, of course," Serdyuk said.
He showed Interfax the letter he received from Apple, in which the company notifies him of the termination of cooperation and explains its decision with the anti-Crimean sanctions taking effect.
The new sanctions against the Crimean region, announced by the U.S. government on December 19, 2014, and by the European Commission on December 18, 2014, prohibit further operation of the Registered Apple Developer Agreement between you and Apple Inc., the letter reads.
The company has also blocked the accounts of the Crimean-based producers of the media content, who distributed their products through online retail outlet Apple iTunes Store, the developer said
Apple also ceased cooperation with the developers currently residing outside the Crimean peninsula, who stated Crimea as their place of residence when signing up for Apple services, he said.
Serdyuk said that he is planning to continue distributing his products via the App Store by signing up as a resident of another Russian region.
"It's fairly easy, the price of the question is $100," he said.
He also said that Crimean software developers can still distribute their products via the Google Play shop by Android users. "Crimean developers have no problems with Google," Serdyuk said.