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Android Developers Slam Google for Lack of Copyright Protection

Written on March 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google Android Market treads into unstable waters as Android developers hit them for lack of protection.

doesn’t have everything, and put anti-game copying policies into the list as well. aren’t particularly happy with their games being blatantly copied by other over at the , more so they aren’t happy with the way Google is handling the situation. One of who is Kevin Baker, developer of the Android game Sinister Planet, whose game has been copied and repackaged for sale by a developer named Joyworld.

“I contacted Google right away. It took Google two days to take the app down,” Baker told the webiste, The Guardian. “This publisher was also selling other versions of pirated games. I contacted the original developers of those games but they were still being sold a week later. You’d think [Google] might have a hotline for things like that.”

Despite Google taking down the pirated app, the developer Joyworld is still at large with the account still active. Does Google have little to no policies? Well the search giant shares that the company does have one and even pointed to an Android Market form. So what’s the deal, Google?

The Android Market though isn’t the only place where developers receive a lack of copyright protection. The Mac Store also has its piece of slow responses to copyright complaints as indie developer Wolfire Games shared that its open-source Mac game, Lugaru HD, had been counterfitted and re-sold at a much cheaper price. The developer slams for its slow actions in removing the copied game.

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