Some have speculated that it might be at the behest of the data provider (Fandango) but the author clarified, “i’m in talks with fandango right now, and they’re thrilled with my app”.
For those wondering if Apple was actually going to enforce the non-open-source aspect of its NDA, this may be the test case that will decide the issue.
Update 2008-10-13: This appears to have been a licensing issue with improper use of data from Rotten Tomatoes. Its owner (now Fox) contacted Apple and Apple ‘fired first and didn’t bother to ask questions’. Apparently through some back door channels and 10 days later the author was able to contact somebody inside Apple and get the issue resolved. By insisting on playing gatekeeper, Apple is going to take blow after blow on these kinds of problem, simply as a matter of percentages. The iPhone App Graveyard will track the drama.