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eoinzy
Posts: 25
Registered: ‎06-23-2011
My Device: Playbook
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Handster stealing apps

So I just found out that 2 of my apps were ported from Android and uploaded to App World at the end of October. One of the apps was free, and the other was a paid app.

 

Can we do something about Handster? I've seen previous reports about them so it seems its a common enough thing for people to steal apps in order to profit from these Port-a-thons, or just profit from selling paid apps in general.

 

Firstly, is there a way I can get Handster to remove my apps?

Secondly, is there something RIM can do to stop companies like Handster from operating? 

 

Thanks/

JSanders
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Re: Handster stealing apps

RIM can certainly remove pirated apps.

Have you asked and given them evidence of such?




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Developer
eoinzy
Posts: 25
Registered: ‎06-23-2011
My Device: Playbook

Re: Handster stealing apps

[ Edited ]

I have only discovered these apps in the last 2 hours. I have since emailed Handster, Opera and tweeted RIM.

 

If/when I get a reply from either, I will be more than happy to prove ownership of the apps.

 

Can anyone tell me the email address to contact at RIM to get the apps removed?

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RileyGB
Posts: 284
Registered: ‎08-06-2010
My Device: Z10

Re: Handster stealing apps

You can report violations to RIM here http://us.blackberry.com/legal/violations.html



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VictorS77
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-16-2013
My Device: BlackBerry PlayBook

Re: Handster stealing apps

Dear Developer,

 

Handster has over 80.000 apps which are submitted by 11.000+ developers.

We run white label stores for other companies, like Opera Software, TIM Brazil and provide aggregated content to partners like LG, RIM, Yandex and others.

 

Our distribution agreement clearly states that we distribute apps through a number of channels. We also send a notification email to all registered developers when a new channel appears. We also run a public press release about it.

Our developers are very happy that they get higher distribution for their apps, by submitting them in a  single place.

 

We have an  account with the name "eionzy" created 6 months ago with 3 apps. If, by any chance, this account was not created by you, or on your behalf, please let us know. We have currently disabled  the apps in the account and are waiting for further information from you.

 

Thank you and best regards,

Victor Shaburov - Handster.com

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janetsa
Posts: 66
Registered: ‎11-13-2010
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Handster stealing apps

[ Edited ]

When you signed up with Handster, you gave Handster the right to redistribute your app in other app stores.  It is perfectly legal for Handster to do that --- since Handster WROTE the agreement that you click "yes" to.

 

Whatever money Handster collected (after taking their cut) from your paid app --- you got paid already from Handster.

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VictorS77
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-16-2013
My Device: BlackBerry PlayBook

Re: Handster stealing apps

Status Update:


We clarified the issue with "eionzy" account - it was created by the actual app developer, so there is no illegitimate distribution of the apps.
The account was re-configured to distribute apps via Handster and our other partner channels, but not via Blackberry App World, where developer will submit apps directly.

 

With best regards,

Victor Shaburov - Handster.com