DashClock WhatsApp [4.3+] Removed from Play Store

DashClock WhatsApp [4.3+] have been removed from Play Store from Google, due to a DMCA complaint from WhatsApp.

No any warning or notification before their action.

It seem to related to the logo or the trademark I use in that app.
However Google did not explain it further, the only info is this email I received at 31 Jan 2014:

removals@google.com to me         Jan 31 (5 days ago)

 

This is a notification that your application, DashClock WhatsApp [4.3+], with package ID com.tigerworkshop.dashclockwhatsapp, has been removed from the Google Play Store.

REASON FOR REMOVAL: Alleged copyright infringement (according to the terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act).

All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts. If your account is terminated, payments will cease and Google may recover the proceeds of any past sales and the cost of any associated fees (such as chargebacks and payment transaction fees) from you.

Please review the Developer Distribution Agreement and Content Policy to ensure that your applications are compliant with our policies.

The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. Click here for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/dmca.html for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.

Google may reinstate your application into the Google Play Store upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. Click here for more information about the requirements of a counter notification and a link to a sample counter notification. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.

Please note that we have included a text copy of the Infringement Notice we received for your reference.

The Google Play Team

Text copy of DMCA complaint:

subject_lr_dmca: Your Request to Google
full_name: Anne Hoge
companyname: WhatsApp, Inc.
represented_copyright_holder: WhatsApp, Inc.
contact_email_noprefill: brandprotection@mm-whatsapp.com
country_residence: US
location_of_copyrighted_work: The WhatsApp logo and trademark is being
infringed upon.
description_of_copyrighted_work: The apps reported in this complaint
infringe upon WhatsApp, Inc.’s intellectual property rights by using
WhatsApp logo or a variation of the logo, along with its trademark. Such
activity is not authorized by WhatsApp, Inc.
hidden_category:
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.padmob.whatsapptheme
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsappoffline.notification
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wiquiet.whatsapppassword
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapplastseen.offline
url_box: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dg.wapc
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tigerworkshop.dashclockwhatsapp
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.surcoentertainment.WallpapersHDb
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.surcoentertainment.ChristmasWallpaper
url_box:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ucai.guasapalwhatsapp
url_box: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jacklee.wadual
dmca_affirmations_authorized: agree
dmca_affirmations_penalty: agree1
signature_date: 1/9/2014
signature: Anne Hoge
hidden_product: googleplay
hidden_ctx:
geolocation: US

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auto-full-url:
https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_dmca?product=googleplay
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Your application has been suspended - DashClock WhatsApp [4.3+] - Google Play De_2014-02-05_15-33-24

Plus it seems impossible to re-publish apps removed by Google, except signing a legal document claiming that I would bear all legal consequences (Which I certainly won’t).
Therefore existing user can keep using it, but I won’t able to publish update or fix anymore.

Currently I have no plan to re-publish it until I can fully understand what’s wrong with that app.

For new user, please consider DashNotifier for similar or even better solution.

Update: Google have pulled my another extension and I decide to removed all extension by myself.

2 Replies to “DashClock WhatsApp [4.3+] Removed from Play Store”

  1. That really sucks my man. I can’t imagine how much time are in those extensions. Google flipping you off like that is a bit of a knife in the back.

    Hope you do well as a developer for other stuff. Made use of your extension all the time. (Will look for an alternative I suppose.)

    Best of luck in your future endeavors,

    Geffrey

  2. It’s very easy. Just remove the WhatsApp/Viber logo and use something else instead. You can have any logo for the app, WhatsApp doesn’t want you to use their logo. That’s all 🙂

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