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Seeking advice - I was asked to remove an app

Discussion in 'Mobile Marketing' started by vasilicaciortan, May 1, 2013.

  1. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    Some time ago my company built a mobile app for a client.
    The app is basically representing another big company in a very important niche.

    This app is published on iTunes App Store under our ownership.

    I got a message today from the Manager of the company which is represented by this app
    asking me to remove this app from iTunes as they have their own app now.

    I am looking for an advice of what should I do now. What should I tell him?

    Looking forward to hear all your advices, maybe some of you had any similar experince.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    imperial444 Elite Member

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    I would say do what your client has asked you, this is the whole point of the business.
     
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  3. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    I am sorry, but I am sure that I did not made myself clear in the OP.
    It is not my client who asked me to remove the app, but the owner of the business which the app represents.

    I will give you an example:

    You ask me to build a mobile app for "Pizza Hut" but you are not the owner or any associate with the business. Now some manager from Pizza Hut contacts me asking to remove their app from iTunes AppStore since they have their own app.

    Now how would you go with this?

    Thanks.
     
  4. virtualc08

    virtualc08 Supreme Member

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    First of all what is stopping you from removing that app? Is it earning you any kind of revenue? If not why dont you tell the business owner that I will send traffic to your business with my app and you give me a cut for any sales. Why dont you try that?
     
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  5. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    Thanks for your answer and for the advice. I will try this.

    The thing is that we built the app for a client and it is published under our account.

    Is there any legal way he can force us to remove the app?
     
  6. virtualc08

    virtualc08 Supreme Member

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    If he has a copyright/ trademark he has every right to ask you to remove I believe. I dont know how the law in your land works. Maybe you can check it out ..
     
  7. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    So, if I register the app as a trademark before him I think there will be no problem.

    I must specify that this app is using the logo of his business as well.

    Thanks
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    Remove the app, or re purpose it. If your app can be confused with his, he can sue you (in the us and our trading partners) for damages, and court costs.
     
  9. carlikito

    carlikito Regular Member

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    So basically you are misrepresenting said company which is illegal and will get you in trouble.

    Remove your app and move on.

    What role does your client has on all this? Is it their app?
     
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    hellnation Regular Member

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    wrong post, sorry.
     
  11. vasilicaciortan

    vasilicaciortan Power Member

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    Yes, you are right.

    And yes, this app was built for my client and they paid for it. Actually they are still paying a monthly fee for this.

    Thanks.