[jsword-devel] [And Bible] Clones of And Bible with adverts

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Sun Apr 19 16:43:11 MST 2015

Makes me quite angry.

Assuming AndBible is GPL. If they modify any part of it they are obligated to post the software. I suggest asking them for their fork of the code. It has to be public. If they don’t, complain to Google that they are violating the license agreement and ask for a takedown on that basis.

If they do that, they are free to fork and even make money with it. (I don’t like that aspect of GPL.)

The GPL is a distribution license, not governing copyright. The GPL does protect copyright. You’ll want a clear copyright statement in each and every file.

Assuming you are the sole author (e.g. code and resources/translations), then as the sole copyright owner of AndBible (not JSword) you can change your license to anything of your choice. It won’t be retroactive. I’m not recommending that, though.

I looked at a few of these and it appears that they rip off lots of other programs as well. Not sure how to track down the original owners, but having a joint effort may be of help.

Couple of thoughts:
Have a build time attribute that is manually entered, that does one or more of the following:
- disables a random timer (or event counter) that causes a program crash/exit without warning.
- disables a random timer that causes a screen declaring that the program has been ripped off from AndBible.
- show credits, copyright and license when the program is opened for the first time each upgrade.
Get everyone you know to leave one star reviews for these apps, declaring them an rip-off (Just like Peter did).

Use an obfuscator to make the code that does such a thing impossible to read and hard to reverse engineer. Check it in and appropriately copyright it and license it. Make it such that if it is not called that the program doesn’t work.

In Him,
	DM Smith

> On Apr 19, 2015, at 5:30 PM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:
> DMCA takedown dt licence breach?
> On 19 Apr 2015 21:38, Martin Denham <mjdenham at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been informed of various clones of And Bible on Play Store and other stores with the only addition being adverts, occasionally copyrighted Bibles like NIV, and other oddities like misleading pictures on the Play Store page.
> Has anybody got any suggestions what to do about these.
> Here are a couple:
> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayatalkitab.harian <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayatalkitab.harian>
> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ian.holybible.android <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ian.holybible.android>
> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happydev.bible <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happydev.bible>
> Martin
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