Brian Raub, who owns the Lakelubbers.com website, has seemingly won a battle in his efforts to get Apple to remove from their App Store rogue apps that copy Raub’s content and resell it through the app store. As reported in the Roanoke Times, his success came only after Raub complained through the media about his problem.
Raub’s Lakelubbers website has over 2,000 articles about popular lake side tourist sites throughout the US and 80 other countries. Last April, he received an anonymous email steering him to the counterfeit apps. According to the article:
They duplicated all of it… they duplicated it exactly. It’s as clear-cut a copyright violation as could be. But persuading Apple of that wasn’t easy.
The good news is that after months of trying, and a few press inquiries, Apple did take down the counterfeiters, who were allegedly app developers based in India.
Apple does have guidelines prohibiting the use of copyrighted material without permission. But Raub is convinced that Apple would not have taken down the apps if not for the publicity and his promise to Apple of more to come. “They responded to us because we’ve been the squeaky wheel”, said Raub.
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