With BlackBerry 10 offering developers many ways to bring their apps over from other platforms, there is of course a chance of nefarious activities. Reportedly some Android developers have been noticing that their apps are showing up in AppWorld without their knowledge. Now ideally RIM would catch every single app that is not being published by the developing developer, but some times things fall through the cracks.
The Google Play Store, and even the Apple App Store have had occasions where illegal apps have made it through the strict checking of apps. Now this is not to say that RIM should be forgiven for these infractions, but rather that they should learn from any mistakes and ensure that all due diligence is taken from here on out. The developer that found his non-authorized apps in AppWorld has this to say,
“Sure enough, someone had downloaded my app from Google Play, converted the APK and published it for BB using his account, along with half a dozen other Android apps that were obviously not his own. Most of them have since been taken down, but his account remains active, and he still has three apps published that look like they might be from Google Play.”
The ease in which you can convert an .apk file to a .BAR file has made porting of apps to BlackBerry 10 extremely easy, but at the same time it has opened up the door for people to try to cheat the system. In response to this issue RIM’s senior public relations and social media manager, Alex Kinsella, sent the following statement to BGR,
”If a developer believes that their copyright or trademark rights are being infringed by third-party content on the BlackBerry App World storefront, the developer can submit a complaint to our IP team and the issue will be reviewed. In the case of copyright or trademark violations, the offending content will be removed immediately.”
Hopefully the launch of BlackBerry 10 will not be tarnished with activities such as illegal copyright infringement in AppWorld, and instead we can just have a positive launch with lots of great apps.