Why does Apple do nothing against illegal iPhone app piracy?

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Hi mates!

Why are sites like appulo.us working?
Why does Apple do nothing againts appulo.us?
If I see my game there, can I do something?

Thanks for your opinions.
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You can try contacting the sites that host the files linked from Appulous. I imagine that they'd respond quickly to a vaguely legal-sounding e-mail (or even just a polite one).

Appulous isn't really doing anything illegal (AFAIK), and so it'd be a bit of a PR nightmare for Apple to go after them. Also it's not really Apple's responsibility to protect other people's IP.

Instead, Apple should concentrate on improving the DRM to make it harder to crack apps. Not that that's ever likely to be successful.
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maximile Wrote:You can try contacting the sites that host the files linked from Appulous. I imagine that they'd respond quickly to a vaguely legal-sounding e-mail (or even just a polite one).

Appulous isn't really doing anything illegal (AFAIK), and so it'd be a bit of a PR nightmare for Apple to go after them. Also it's not really Apple's responsibility to protect other people's IP.

Instead, Apple should concentrate on improving the DRM to make it harder to crack apps. Not that that's ever likely to be successful.

Thanks for reply.

What does "PR" mean?
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maximile Wrote:You can try contacting the sites that host the files linked from Appulous. I imagine that they'd respond quickly to a vaguely legal-sounding e-mail (or even just a polite one).

Appulous isn't really doing anything illegal (AFAIK), and so it'd be a bit of a PR nightmare for Apple
to go after them. Also it's not really Apple's responsibility to protect other people's IP.

Instead, Apple should concentrate on improving the DRM to make it harder to crack apps. Not that that's ever likely to be successful.

Actualy it is apples responsibility to protect peoples apps, because they made it so the only way you can distribute apps is through the appstore(I think it is a great system though) also apple should be trying to stop appulo.us because apple gets 10 percent of each paid for app. This is just my opinion.
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riruilo Wrote:Thanks for reply.

What does "PR" mean?

Public relations. Apple would be criticised a lot in the press.
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chrism Wrote:Actualy it is apples responsibility to protect peoples apps, because they made it so the only way you can distribute apps is through the appstore(I think it is a great system though) also apple should be trying to stop appulo.us because apple gets 10 percent of each paid for app. This is just my opinion.
Chris

10%? How did you negotiate that deal?
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Apple takes out 10% of your profit, that you make from the games you develop.
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Actually they take 30%...
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EvolPenguin Wrote:Actually they take 30%...
Alex
Even more reason for Apple to do something about it.
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Apple is by no means obligated or required by law to prevent the theft of your intellectual property. Sitting around for Apple to do something would be very stupid. Contact your company lawyer and have them draft up a cease and desist letter, it should only cost a few hundred dollars.

If they fail to comply with cease and desist take them to civil court.

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I have heard of some companys that can detect if it was illegally downloaded and make it so the app dosn't work for them
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chrism Wrote:I have heard of some companys that can detect if it was illegally downloaded and make it so the app dosn't work for them

Yes this is fairly easy to do.

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How do the companys do it? And why didn't apple make it a standard?
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chrism Wrote:How do the companys do it? And why didn't apple make it a standard?

I wonder the same questions.

By the way, if I see my app on appulo, can I do something? I mean, something useful? (apart from sending some polite emails to file providers)

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riruilo Wrote:I wonder the same questions.

By the way, if I see my app on appulo, can I do something? I mean, something useful? (apart from sending some polite emails to file providers)

Thanks for your replies.

Yes. See my above comment.

kodex Wrote:Contact your company lawyer and have them draft up a cease and desist letter, it should only cost a few hundred dollars.

If they fail to comply with cease and desist take them to civil court.

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