A few days ago, I flagged a few applications on the Android Market as inappropriate, because they were ripoffs of our applications (Renverse, Footsteps and BusinessBingo). Not just remakes, that wouldn’t be illegal; they were completely identical. Only the AndroidManifest.xml file had been altered to change the version and, of course, the AdMob publisher ID. The applications even claimed “by Electric Goat” when launched.
Today, nothing has changed. Adam Gates, the “developer” who copied our applications, added many more new applications and I’m sure most of those are equally stolen from other developers. Why hasn’t Google acted on my reports ? I even gave the package name of the stolen applications in my comments, so that it would be easy to check. We are in the process of fixing the problem in our applications, but we have no way of finding who are the owners of the other “adam gates” applications. If one of our users hadn’t warned us, we would never have noticed