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!
I’ve submitted a new version of our Monk App to Apple today. The update includes the latest Hy Conrad novel Mr Monk and The New Lieutenant which was released today.
Nice going, Hy! Did you know we’re almost neighbours 😉
I must admit the update had been sitting on my machine since September, and as it frequently happens in life I forgot to submit it back then… oops!
I’ve made two other very small changes while I was there: I’ve changed the font of the link to the cover images at the bottom of the list to set itself apart from the rest of the text (before it had the same font and I felt it looked a bit cluttered).
As before, if you don’t want need that link anymore you can hide it under Settings – Monk.
Why go through all this trouble? Sadly Apple won’t permit us to distribute the cover images for those books or DVDs with the app, so we’ll have to leave it to your good selves to source and add them manually. I know. Lame-o-rama.
When I submitted an update to our Bond App in December it appears that the links to Wikipedia and IMDb are no longer classed as casual browsing, and Apple now sees this as “unrestricted internet access”.
It’s no biggie, but it does mean that the age rating of this app has shot up from 9+ to 17+ because potentially lethal content could suddenly be forced upon your eyes at any time, potentially poisoning millions of people’s minds. We’d like to avoid that at all costs. It’s a change I need to make in all our apps going forward. Just thought I’d mention it.
The new update is compatible with old iPad 1 devices and should run on anything from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 8.2. Huzzah! It’s submitted now and should be available in the next few days from the App Store.
You can buy Hy’s new novel from Amazon (not an affiliate link) or visit his website and enjoy weekly mini-mysteries for free.
Until next time!
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.