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iPhone Application infringes on Bulbapedia license

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IPhone Application infringes on Bulbapedia license: Developers charge for free inform

IPhone Application infringes on Bulbapedia license: Developers charge for free information

A recently released application for the iPhone, the aptly-titled Pokedex App, has caused a bit of a controversy with its content; or, more specifically, its use of Bulbapedia's content. Connecting directly to Bulbapedia's Pokémon articles, the application displays helpful information such as stats, evolutions, and types.The problem? The application costs $1.99 to download in the Apple store, while Bulbapedia's content is strictly licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.5 license.

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Burn the witch!
 
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I was like WTF and the forgot to put the e-acute which kinda angers me.
 
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Ads are different than directly charging. Also, keep in mind, they're actively using our bandwidth.
 
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LOLOL FIRST POST AND I MESS UP.

fml

Anyway, so that this is still on-topic, this sucks and I hope it gets worked out. :/
 
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You should contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation at http://www.eff.org/ . I'm sure they'd at least be interested enough in the case to send a lawyerly letter to support your claims.
 
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Re: iTunes Application infringes on Bulbapedia license

Archaic also said that it's a good App and wouldn't mind working together with them to help improve it for all Pokemon fans.
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A disadvantage of being the best at something is that everyone wants to copy you.

So in a way, it's kind of a compliment... (which is kinda ruined by the fact that they won't give us any credit...)
 
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LET'S FORM AN ANGRY MOB!!!! :complain::complain::complain::complain::complain:

This is the guy who created the app: :loopy:

Ooh! If something legal happens, can I be a lawyer?!
 
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The current state of the Unown page is part of this so-called "middle finger" strategy, right?
 
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You mean how every single Pokemon's page is currently locked and displays an infobox like this?

Not every Pokemon article is displaying that. Some are still working normally.
 
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This might not be copyright infringement. If the data they're using is just the raw game data, which Bulbapedia doesn't own, they aren't infringing on Bulbapedia's copyright. Now if they're using articles that were authored by Bulbapedia members, then they are infringing, but only if those articles are hard-coded into the application or copied to a location where only this app can access them. If the articles are being directly pulled from Bulbapedia's servers, it's not infringement, otherwise every commercial browser out there would be guilty of infringement.
 
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Re: IPhone Application infringes on Bulbapedia license: Developers charge for free in

This might not be copyright infringement. If the data they're using is just the raw game data, which Bulbapedia doesn't own, they aren't infringing on Bulbapedia's copyright. Now if they're using articles that were authored by Bulbapedia members, then they are infringing, but only if those articles are hard-coded into the application or copied to a location where only this app can access them. If the articles are being directly pulled from Bulbapedia's servers, it's not infringement, otherwise every commercial browser out there would be guilty of infringement.
No one is saying it's copyright infringement, they're saying that they're violating Bulbapedia's Creative Commons license.

The app is pretty much a specialised webbrowser that pulls the Pokemon articles from Bulbapedia and displays it on the iPhone in a streamlined fashion. If I understand the situation correctly, the issue here is two-fold:

1. They're charging $1.99 per app download, and thus turning a profit when they pretty much had no hand in the creation of the articles that their App is running off of.

2. The use of the app is putting a strain on the Bulbapedia servers and increasing their bandwidth, and because the app doesn't display any of the advertisements on the wiki, Bulbapedia isn't receiving any of the much needed ad-revenue which they use to maintain their website.

Am I in the ballpark here?
 
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Ugh. I am flabbergasted. o_o I was wondering what was goin' on with the Pokémon pages...

Does this app steal all of our info or just the Pokémon's pages?
 
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Absolute pricks, they are, but ultimately, they're at our mercy.

All we have to do is partisan tactics, and make it unprofitable for them to keep this app going.

Or report them to Apple and screw them that way.
 
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