Not too long ago, the popular Android theme customization app, known as Themer, was removed from the Google Play Store for copyright infringement on February 2nd. And guess who filed the request? Well, it was filed by Apple about it’s icons that were used in one of the themes in the app.
Out of over 200+ themes, there was one theme which looked quite similar to iOS and resulted in the app being pulled from the Google Play Store. As a result, the developers behind the app removed the theme that infringed Apple icons, but as it turns out, the process to get the application re-instated can take time. The developer also got in touch with the legal representatives at the Cupertino company, who were “helpful and nice” in solving the issue.
This is what Ashvin Dhingra, co-founder and CEO at Themer, said after the application was pulled from the Google Play Store,
Apple claimed that several icons used in Seven infringed their copyrights. We immediately removed this theme and thought that, at worst, Themer would be back on Play in a few days. But now a week later, we’re facing the possibility that a few days might turn into a few weeks. We’ve spoken to legal representatives from Apple (who have been very nice, reasonable, and helpful), and they have no remaining concerns. But apparently, Google has a process for these things, and there’s nothing we can do to accelerate that process…
We did not receive a warning. Within hours of receiving the letter from Google, we removed the Seven theme. Removing a theme does not require a change to the app as all themes are stored on our server, so as soon as we remove a theme it immediately becomes unavailable to our users. We have complied with Google’s process and submitted a counter notice so Themer can be reinstated and have not heard from them
The good news here is that Google has re-instated Themer Beta after a week or so, and is live in the Google Play Store. The application is currently in beta stage, which will end soon, hopefully. Do you use Themer app on your Android device?