For some time now, I’ve been looking at other ways to bring in income using the JapanesePhotos bandwagon. I looked at various publication options, and came across AppMakr. As I was experimenting and trying out their wares I realised they are doing something absolutely abhorrent.
Appmakr is a website that helps you make smart phone applications for Android, iPhone, and Windows mobile OS. Appmakr has just one trick: you add RSS feeds to make and automatically update the app. That is, you enter your blog feed, twitter, or similar and you have an app. However, they do allow you to use photos for the app icon and start up screen. The problem is this: you can upload a photo of your own, or use their ‘search’ function. Via this search function I discovered that I can find my own photos (complete with copyright water mark) and use those. That is to say, anybody can use unlicensed (unpaid for) photos for their monetized apps. Consequently, if anybody uses the search for photo / logo function they run the risk of copyright violation litigation. And AppMakr? I would assume that they could also be subject to the same litigation that companies like Napster faced.
Evidence of aiding in copyright violation: