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billfoust
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Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

I found that my playbook app is being distributed for free on blackberryrc.com. I've had only 3 downloads, so if someone at RIM wanted to check into who is doing this, my situation would be a really good place to start. I assume that others have also had their apps copied and posted, so between us, I bet we could isolate this down to a single user.

 

Also, I would reccomend that everyone with a not-free application send a demand email to info@blackberryrc.com demanding to have apps removed. I highly doubt that it's a site trying to be legitimate, but if so, such a flood of emails should serve as a wake-up call.

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peter9477
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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

Bill, have you been able to actually download your app, or any other? There is another thread about this, with the tentative conclusion that the site is merely a bogus way of getting Google Adsense revenue by driving traffic to itself, and that the download links do nothing but redirect you to App World.

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peter9477
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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

Here's the thread: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Tablet-OS-SDK-for-Adobe-AIR/Pirated-Games-Already-Showing-Up/...

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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

Just noting that the domain name registrant is listed as "xubiao guo".

I'm going to guess that the site is also violating some terms of use for the App World content which it appears to be copying (i.e. the images etc), but I haven't checked into that.

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billfoust
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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

I didnt try initially because I'm on a work computer and they forbid downloads of any kind. I did go ahead and try to find a live download link, and it seems it goes right back to AppWorld.  Sorry for the scare then.

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zezke
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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

It's just a link to App World.
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steve_web
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Re: Pirated versions of apps on blackberryrc.com

I think this might be a non-issue.  Every PlayBook app I've seen on that site just links back to AppWorld.

 

I guess that BlackBerryRC is simply trying to gain some traffic / ad hits based on frequently searched content.  I'm just not sure if I should be happy or sad that my app isn't listed there ;-) e.g. if this is just more exposure in general it should just be A Good Thing[TM] (credit Martha Stewart)


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