The other day we discovered an App on Apple’s I-Tunes App Store, about brandy and cognac!
Wow, we thought – that’s great. When we bought it for 79 US cent we were excited, the app downloads… getting a little XO… then the app opens.
Cognac App was a copycat of our work
Soon we realized: Damn. All the content is a copy of Cognac Expert’s database, of our work, our research. All the texts, the bottles, the pictures – about brands and bottles, were just 1:1 copied. Stolen. Stunning. Unbelievable.
Of course this was a heavy copyright infringement, and we did inform Apple App Store and claimed immediate blacklisting. The app even got promotion on other websites, we were not that happy about it. Some even gave out free promo coupons.
The thing is: The app wasn’t even really good. It just copied work of www.cognac-expert.com and also some data of le-cognac.com.
After 10 days Apple (or the developer) did remove the app from the store. Our US lawyer was already about to pen the Cease-and-desist letter, pointing out copyright infringement etc. – the usual steps. Of course the developer, a LLC company from the US, will not be allowed to relaunch the app, even when they would change texts and pictures.
We are really happy that this app was taken offline. It’s really crazy, some people think they can just steal information like that and even earn money with it.