Ulysses Censored for the iTunes App Store


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CensorshipA comic adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses is finally on the iTunes App store, but only after jumping through some hurdles.  Apple demanded cuts to the content for it to be available.

Rob Berry and Josh Levitas launched the graphic depiction of the story which contained cartoon nudity.  The pair had to remove the nudity before Apple would approve the app.  Apples guidelines demand no nudity.

Ulysses is no stranger to censorship as it was part of one of the most important court cases on the issue.  In 1920 after the US magazine The Little Review serialised a passage from Ulysses dealing with the main character masturbating, the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice helped get the book banned in the US for more than 10 years.

On December 6, 1933 U.S. District Judge John M. Woolsey ruled that the book was not obscene because it was not pornographic.  This decision came after United States v. One Book Called Ulysses.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling in 1934.

The creators cropped the image to pass Apple’s strict content restrictions, but the full images are available on their website for discussion.

The app is rater 17+ by Apple.