Arizona House Advances Bill Threatening Apple And Google App Store Payment Monopolies
According to the Arizonan bill, digital application distribution platforms cannot do the following:
Require a developer that is domiciled in this state to use a particular in-application payment system as the exclusive mode of accepting payments from a user to download a software application or purchase a digital or physical product or service through a software application.
There are also several other sub-points similar to this one, but in short, it means that app distributors, such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play, would no longer be able to mandate the use of their own payment processing. If this legislation were to pass, it would effectively cut off the 30% standard cut that Apple and Google take from app sales.
At the end of the day, legislation like this is incredibly tricky, and perhaps the courts should settle disputes before state lawmakers move in prematurely to regulate. We will have to keep an eye on how this shakes out, though it could be the tipping point for app stores nationwide. In any case, keep an eye on HotHardware for updates on this developing situation.