04-02-2012 03:49 PM - last edited on 04-04-2012 01:20 PM by MSohm
I found my paid app being offered for free via <removed> along with a ton of others - just search for Playbook. Can anything be done?
EDIT: There is this at then end of the main page:
All apps from this site are reproduced from other blogs or forums. If there is a violation of your copyright, please let us know. We'll remove it within 24 hours. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EDIT #2 - They removed my application shortly after I contacted them.
Mod note: Removed URL to site.
04-02-2012 06:39 PM
04-03-2012 05:28 AM
my feeling says that there are actually a lot of pirate sites out there, and it's like fighting windmills (there are many threads to that, check the search engine)
as long as there isn't anything done in general, we can search and tell people to delete our apps from pirate sites, but of course, it also blocks us from creating more apps. i think MSohm promised a solution with the next OS version, but who knows...there are many questions
uuuh cool, my app had over 200 downloads and a better rating than in app world. should i be proud now :?
04-04-2012 06:28 AM
I tried downloading one of the .bar files, and could not get it installed on the PB (v2 OS). Tried a few of the better documented methods on the web. The .bar file did appear to have some legit files (images, swfs, etc), but given that it didn't work I assume this is just more of a troll site to generate ad revenue.
04-04-2012 01:21 PM
I'll pass this site along to our internal teams. If you come across others, please send them to me via PM instead of posting publicly here in the forum. Thanks!
04-09-2012 01:18 PM
I noticed some of the apps on that site have startup screens with the website name. Isn't that enough of a change to require the app to be signed again? If so, can RIM find out who is doing it?
04-09-2012 02:12 PM
that's a pretty good find harry -- definitely sounds like he is repackaging them -- apps have to be signed before they can be side loaded as far as I know -- definitely a step in the right direction.
04-09-2012 03:06 PM
Heaps of pirate and torrent sites focusing on PB out there and even found an app that I have been involved in, that solely are used internally in a company I work with - wonder how the [bleep] they got hold of them?
Anyway I believe that sideloading apps and even having pirated apps and sites is not all for the bad of it and the easier it is to get apps on the side, the more Playbooks will be sold and the greater will the market be for your professional apps. Besides, not all who download an app from these sites would have spend $$$ on them if they had to pay for them in the App World.
To me it is a great way to test out and find the apps there are out there and an even better way to find Android apps that have been tested on PB (in a sense) - And must say that the Playbook got a whole new (positive) meaning after I found one of these sites and I ended up spending more money on apps (both for personal and most importantly for the companies I work with/in) after I had the oppertunity to test them properly and is a great oppertunity to among other get hold of IM's, the Kindle app, an PDF reader that actually works (compared to the native that is offered with PB) and other apps that are not directly available from the rather limited App World and that I would have had no chance to know, if it werent for websites like that.
So thanks to pirated sites I have spend more than 40K on apps, that enriched the Playbook experience and overall user satisfaction for the companies I work with.
04-10-2012 07:15 AM
Side loading will not be allowed in a future version of the OS.
So honest developers won't be able to test on device or will need dedicated devices for testing? Anyone who's done an app for the PlayBook knows you can't get an accurate test in the emaulator. I hope we won't have to submit to AppWorld then download it just to test a revision.