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22 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 87 (2023)
Apple and Google App Stores v. Developers

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   Cell phones are becoming an extension of the human body. Users
must download  applications through app stores to add functionality
to phones. Those applications are created by developers who also
need app stores to market and sell their products. Those applications
are becoming more and more necessary to function in modern society.
With  people  doing  their banking, paying  their bills, making
appointments, and even paying at the register through mobile phone
applications, app stores are starting to look more like a public
necessity than a luxury.
   In an efficient market, app stores would compete for developers to
use their platforms. In theory, that would lead to terms the app stores
and developers are all happy with. However, due  to an effective
duopoly  over the app store market, the app stores have immense
leverage in their dealings with developers. They are not forced to
meet the developers halfway in their terms of service.
   This article explains issues resulting from this bargaining power
gap and outlines how different parts of the world are regulating the
relationship between app stores and developers. I will describe how
the European Union, South Korea, the United States, India, and Japan
have attempted to legislate this area. I will compare these evolving
strategies and offer my take on the best way to move forward in
regulating the space.


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