Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Nov 2009 16:11 UTC
Apple We're all familiar with the fact that Apple has trouble managing its App Store. While it is overflowing with applications, Apple governs it willy-nilly, and the web is rife with stories from developers who had their application rejected for no apparent reason. There's now a new issue we can add to the list. Are you an iPhone developer? Do you want a similar, competing application out of the App Store? All you need to do is send an infringement claim to Apple, and they'll happily threaten to remove the competing application without a second thought. Update: And here's a similar case, about Stoneloops! vs. Luxor.
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Comment by just-me
by just-me on Sun 8th Nov 2009 18:13 UTC
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Apple is being insane here.
Instead of taking such claims at face value and getting into the middle of fights about who copied from whom they should stay out of it until a court tells them to take an app out.

Less work for apple and less room for abuse.

If they keep doing this the IPhone app world could go to war with itself, where everybody feels the need to be the first to request the competition being taken out.

If author A has a case against author B s/he's free to go to a real court and sue for copyright or patent infringement.

American software patents are crazy enough without Apple pre-accepting such silly claims.

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