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China shuts down Apple books and movies services

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China has closed down Apple's book and movie services in the country.

This is due to the imposition of new regulations, which outlaws foreign ownership of publishing materials.

The regulations were announced in March, and also mean that all publishing material has to be held on Chinese mainland servers.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (the country's media watchdog) ordered the shut down.

According to Reuters, attempts to access the iBooks or the iTunes Movies stores ​in the country are now greeted with the message "unusable".

However, the regulation is seen as a big blow to Apple, with China being the Cupertino firm's second biggest market.

China has said that the restrictions are in place in order to monitor online publishing to stop terrorism and foreign ideas spreading.

Despite the rules, Apple has said that it hopes access to its movie and books services would be restored.


Source:  Digital Spy