So Mr. Kempa was surprised that when he tried to create an iPhone application for the online exhibition, it was rejected by Apple .
Aware that Apple frowns on displays of naked flesh — the company recently culled thousands of applications deemed to be objectionable — he used pictures of the models in clothing and in underwear, rather than fully naked, as they appear on the Web, and called the application Not Quite Naked People.
“Apparently Apple even has a problem with naked legs,” he said.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Kempa’s site. Instead, he referred to a recent article in The New York Times, in which an Apple executive said the crackdown on nudity followed complaints from women who found certain applications “degrading and objectionable, as well as parents who were upset with what their kids were able to see.”
That explanation worries some German publishers. Why should a technology company in California be allowed to decide what is objectionable to the rest of the world, they ask. By comparison, imagine a Japanese television manufacturer determining what Americans are allowed to see on their sets.
“We are very comfortable with the standards we have here in Germany,” said Mathias Müller von Blumencron, editor of the newsmagazine Der Spiegel. “We can’t adapt European magazines to the standards of Utah.”
Mr. von Blumencron wonders what will happen when the magazine publishes a picture containing nudity — something that sometimes occurs when Der Spiegel writes about, say, a risqué stage production in Berlin.
“We will not alter our content,” he said. “We document war in our photographs; we show violence. Sometimes we also show pictures of people who aren’t dressed properly.”