Every week, we encounter apps trying to copy Ear Spy. It seems flattering at first. The idea of having someone who wants to reach the same accomplishment that Ear Spy has reached can boost a spirit. However, it becomes a little bit disturbing when even the description is copied word-for-word. The app icon and colour theme are very much the same which makes the fake app to be misleading. App users might think it’s the same Ear Spy that their friends are enjoying and have recommended.
I started to wonder if “Copyright Infringement” was not part of their vocabulary. Are those copycats not aware that it’s against Google Play Developer Policy?
Let me enlighten you.
What is Copyright Infringement?
Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work’s creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Copyright holders routinely invoke legal and technological measures to prevent and penalise copyright infringement. –Wikipedia
If that definition is difficult to understand, then let’s consider this quotation:
Or perhaps, this article might help, “Genuine Reasons Why You Should Stop Being A Copycat“.
And here’s a video of what Steve Jobs has to say…
I just hope the message is clear.
Let’s be great innovators, not copycats!
Great artists steal, but never do this!
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