Yesterday we’ve received notice from the App Store that MGM have filed a copyright infringement claim against our app Bond Tracker for iOS. The notice did not mention anything specific, only that we’re using the Bond trademark in some kind of unauthorised way.
I suspect our app is not the only one affected, judging by the very many Bond apps on the App Store, many of which blatantly rip off quite clearly copyrighted material. We never did that: the logo is self-designed, book covers and move posters are there for illustrative purposes, and we make a point of letting users know that the copyright for all materials is not with us.
But tell that to the desk jockeys at large corporations: they genuinely do not want to know: even if fan made apps like ours connect other fans with their franchise. If it’s not “theirs”, then it can’t be anyone else’s either. Besides, we did not ask for MGM’s permission to make this app.
To avoid any further trouble, we have reacted immediately by removing the app from the App Store. Unlike Bond himself, our app will not return. Sorry 🙁
Bond Tracker for iOS was a fan favourite and ranked among the most popular we had on offer. Perhaps two years was a good run. I’d like to thank everyone who’s purchased and used our app during this time. I wish you peace and happiness!
Yesterday it was announced that the new Bond movie would be called Spectre – Daniel Craig’s 4th film in the series. Could have sworn he did more. Thanks to Jeffrey on Facebook for this tip 😉
I quickly did some hacking and am happy to announce that our Bond Tracker App v1.8 has been submitted to Apple – and with it the following features:
- added Spectre (obviously)
- fixed the Endless Director bug (iPad)
- fixed an issue with ever-greyed out cells (iPad)
- fixed an issue that could crash the app on iPad 1
- added iPhone 6 and 6s icon
It’s the first app I’ve submitted using the new Xcode 6.1, a developer tool that has seen many changes since the arrival of iOS 8. It’s been tested on several devices, ranging from iOS 5.1.1 all the way up to iOS 8.2 Beta. As far as I can tell it’s working 😉
The update should be available within the next few days, pending Apple’s approval. Spectre however isn’t going to be with us until November 2015, and even that is just a tentative release date.
Great news for iOS 7 and iOS 8 users: you can now buy all our Episode Guide apps in one handy bundle, thanks to the App Store’s new feature – freshly released for your convenience earlier today.
Included are all seven apps, from Poirot to Frasier – with everything in between. You can also “complete your bundle” and only pay the difference for apps you don’t already own. It’s very swish.
There has never been a better time to complete your collection – head over to the App Store now and grab that crazy Episodes Guides Bundle now.
We’ve just found out that when our apps run on iPads, no icons are displayed. That’s bad!
The following apps were affected – and have been fixed in these versions:
- Columbo (v1.4)
- Bond Tracker (v1.6)
- Monk (v1.2)
- Sherlock Holmes (v1.4)
This bug only manifests since we’ve started developing with Xcode 5 which handles App Icons and Startup Screens a little bit different.
I’ve submitted the new versions today, they’ll be available from the App Store in the next few days.
Another mystery is solved!