Stolen app on market

by Nightwolf » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 01:14:43 GMT


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 Recently I've discovered that our app Little Python is distributed by
developer who call himself Adam Gates. He renamed our app to snake,
replaced icon and changed AdMob id.
He has 55 published apps. Please take a look may be you'll find yours.
Is there any way to shut him down? Please advise.

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Stolen app on market

by Michael A. » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 01:44:20 GMT


 I've read of others with similar complaints. The only recourse, I
suppose is to mark his apps as stolen in the market (in the hope that
someone at Google actually reviews that), and sending him/Google a C&D
(see, e.g.,  http://www.seomoz.org/dp/generic-cease-desist-to-google ).

See here for another story regarding this developer:

 http://blog.electricgoat.net/2010/09/is-google-doing-any-cleanup-of-the-android-market/ 

Seems that sending a C&D worked for them.

Also, contact Admob and alert them to the fraud, since that is how he/
they are earning money.

Regards,

Michael A.




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Stolen app on market

by { Devdroid } » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 01:45:26 GMT


 


Sure. Write to Google using this link (in Market console "Help" on the
upper side, then "Contacting Us" on bottom and then
"Android Market Developers: Publishers & Merchants" then
probably "Application Removal" which would lead you to this:

 http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/request.py?contact_type=publisher 

Write down your discovery

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Stolen app on market

by Nightwolf » Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:57:48 GMT


 Thank you for the answers.
We reported about infringement to adMob and Google. AdMob advised to
file C&D to Google and we did so.






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Stolen app on market

by Yahel » Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:41:45 GMT


 Ok, this is getting ridiculous !!

We are on theft issue here, not just spam or something dull.

GOOGLE should not just remove the app. This is a big, huge, and the
worst infringement you can find in the whole history of market
crapiness : The account of this guy should be deleted. period.

As soon as GOOGLE receive the first C&D letter and checked that it is
indeed exactly the same app, boom !! Even if all the other apps are
his own work.

Yahel










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Stolen app on market

by Kumar Bibek » Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:57:29 GMT


 Yeah, that should be straightforward. I guess, they just don't look at these
issues seriously as yet. Or may be the legal procedures just take too long.
BTW, have you got a reply?

2010/10/12 Yahel <kaye...@gmail.com>




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Stolen app on market

by Yahel » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:12:00 GMT


 Atually there is no legal issue here. Against the TOS + theft :
Account terminated !

I can admit although with difficulty, 32 spammers with 10 000
apps(actual numbers) and 14 years old, made-in-5-minutes crapps, to
artificially increase the count of apps in the market for marketing
purpose. But this is something else.

I'm glad I just bought a Mac. Diversification will soften the feeling
as I won't be 100% Android as today !!

Yahel

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Stolen app on market

by Nightwolf » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 01:07:16 GMT


 I guess it'll take some time to get answer from Google. Hope they'll
do something this year.

In C&D we mentioned that this particular Developer is a repeat
infringer. So now there are at least 3 cases with this guy - the first
is mentioned in the link above, the second is developer who has his
app stolen and warned us and the third is our case.






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Stolen app on market

by ko5tik » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:19:16 GMT


 Where ist he located physically?  It may be criminal offence in his
home jurisdiction,
and surely a case for lawsuit.  Maybe he is accessible this way

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Stolen app on market

by Edmund Higgins » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:49:42 GMT


 I'm not sure why your upset. Isn't the original owner of the arcade game "
snake" have more reason to be angry than you? ....I'm just saying.




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Stolen app on market

by Yahel » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:21:45 GMT


 Because I care about the Android project which I find to be such a
great idea on paper and such a poor realisation. Well the framework is
ok but the market ?
I spend a lot of time in and around that piece of junk and it slowly
building a huge itch, so much so that I bought a Mac.

That's why ... But I'm an entrepreneur, I'm suppose to thrive on
constraints and use them at my advantage to make my business flourish
and if the Market allows that kind of behavior, I know now exactly
what to do next ;) What's the name of your app by the way ? ;)

Yahel

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Stolen app on market

by Sarwar Erfan » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:37:40 GMT


 Hi,
I can't understand it. How can someone steal an app? Did he just
renamed the apk?
As far as I know, you upload signed apk to the marketplace. So, the
thief can only rename the apk, but cannot alter the contents.
And, the application display name comes from the application itself,
not the apk file name.
Where is the missing link in my idea?

I will be glad if someone clears my concept. Thanks in advance.

Regards
Sarwar Erfan





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Stolen app on market

by Edmund Higgins » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:52:07 GMT


 Lol you know it! Good show good sir. And I bought a MAC too. I like the idea
of open source but when the market gets overtaken by horrible apps and the
system is too easy to manipulate....its time to go elsewhere. I would rather
have controlled quality in my market than chaotic crap!


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Stolen app on market

by JP » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:29:02 GMT


 

We've had this a bunch of times before.
It's the easiest thing to crack open an .apk package, extract and
modify the content, then repackage it and sign that.
Signature != encryption

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Stolen app on market

by JP » Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:35:41 GMT


 


O well who wouldn't agree. It'll be interesting to see if Amazon can
come up with compelling terms to attract a sufficient "critical mass"
of quality apps, offer decent discoverability, presentation with
customer appeal, easy payment, in app payment - short, offer all
that's missing in Android Market to emphasize monetization for devs
that put in the effort. If these guys take off, they might be able to
stick Android Market with the "crap". It's a longshot though.

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