04-02-2013 05:04 AM
Before you decided that OpenWhatsapp violates WhatsApp's terms and that you could not accept it in App World, have you been fully aware that YOU are the ones who got me started on this project? You are the ones who convinced me to port this application to BB10. You are the ones who explicitly proposed and provided me with internal support from your OWN developers to get my port ready ASAP. You are the ones who sent me a Dev Alpha even when I explicity and CLEARLY stated and described what app I am working on. I understand this was back at a time when WhatsApp decided to ditch your platform. But throwing away my work upon a request of WhatsApp was just a cheap shot!
Do you think it's cool to get a developer work on an app for several months, and then just throw it away in the end?! Do you realize how hard it is to deliver an app that is as polished as OpenWhatsapp?! I understand how NOW you are trying to keep friends with WhatsApp and all that, but do you think this is the appropriate way to treat developers who "really" believed in your platform ?! Or was I just being used?.
And I'm sorry, that free limited edition device that you offered me despite my app not qualifying for it, it's not enough "compensation" for my work which again, YOU STARTED, and now simply threw away.
04-02-2013 08:31 AM
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04-02-2013 09:58 AM - edited 04-02-2013 10:03 AM
If you read my letter to Blackberry you'll find that I'm not even arguing about any legal issues (yet). My problem now is with Blackberry. During the times when WhatsApp was not interested in BB10, Dev relations team contacted me, convinced with how BBW would be perfect to promote my app specially when WhatsApp most probably not coming (their words), and offered me internal support by devs. And again, I mean real support, real coding support. And then by the time I'm done, turns out they're friends again with WhatsApp and just tell me go get permission from WhatsApp.
My point is, they used me, they used my unofficial client (which was initially for Harmattan platform only), either as a pressure on WhatsApp, or as an alternative solution in case official client never makes it. They got me to work on the port to BB10 for months, promised me a place in BBW and then rejected it. Brian Zubert could only say employees I worked with weren't fully aware of legal issues, and offered me the limited edition device expecting I'll just take it and go away (that was before I published my letter). That's just ugly !
Of course I don't expect everyone to believe my story, but I also don't think it would be wise to just publish on the web whatever proof I got. 8 days have passed with absolutely no comment from BB, maybe that says something.
04-02-2013 10:17 PM
04-03-2013 04:54 AM - edited 04-03-2013 04:54 AM
"you built an application that allegedly infringes the IP and violates the terms of service of another developer"
No sir, my application is already built a year ago, and BB employees know how it works. I just ported to BB10 only when your (Blackberry) employees urged me to do it, and they used the fact that WhatsApp is most probably not coming as an incentive for me. So please don't talk to me about terms violation.
"but respecting the IP of all developers is our main concern here"
aha, and why did you not consider this when WhatsApp was not interested in BB10? Why did you not consider this when you urged me and helped me to port my client with the hopes to have it ready before Z10 is out ?
One last questions, do you normally distribute the limited edition device to non qualifying developers?