right now i suspect on-line retail apps (i.e: incl. Apple iTunes store’s and Apple App store’s) , aren’t legally covered by copyright or patents registration ( for apple is not registering copyright or patents for apps with any int’l organization for copyright and patents registration management) nor they are imported/exported to the E.U after import/export tax payment. In fact developers submitting apps to on line retail staff members and Apple companies working in countries/nations outside the E.U borders, MUST sell to E.U consumer market after obtaining CE mark, presenting declaration of conformity and paying import/export tax when the very same apps and publications are also distributed by any on-line retail of any E.U member state. Import/Export tax payment however charged to apple on line retail as regularly registered business and publisher/importer in at least one of the E.U member states. Products and including software Apps or publications that DO NOT meet the aforementioned requirements, have no value for E.U citizens and consumer market (i.e: illegal/clandestine merchandise and smuggling criminal offence exceptions apply for purchases made on US/Canada and any other non-EU on-line retail store and for a tag value under Eur. ±25 )
NOTE: statements above implies software that HAS NO Œ mark (conformite’ europe’enne) and IS NOT compliant with declaration of conformity and has NOT been registered with int’l institutions for copyright and patents management, cannot be legally PURCHASED and PAYMENT then cannot occur legally within the EU market however, free distribution can be TOLERATED for there is NO financial support of an illegal industry.
looking forward to seeing newly hired staff for on-line retail to amend and change apple behavior if they still want to distribute and sell to EU consumer market. (under EU and E. commission then EU regulators rules and REGULATIONS)