We were pretty enthusiastic about Themer Beta
, the famed launcher replacement with its database of preset homescreen themes that are a little more than a wallpaper and a few icons. The entirety of the Android UI and system is integrated pretty handsomely, and there's definitely something for everyone out there.
The app, however, was brought down in the beginning of the month, and we are now discovering why. Apparently Apple had a problem with one of the themes in particular, called Seven, that you see in the thumb image.
It doesn't really turn your Android into an iOS 7 device, but the icon pack is pretty closely mimicking Jony Ive's creations, so apparently Apple requested that Themer is taken down from the Play Store. Here's the letter that Google sent to the developers of Themer, requesting immediate action:
This is a notification that your application, Themer Beta, with package ID com.mycolorscreen.themer, 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
Ouch. The developers from MYCOLORSCREEN rolled up their sleeves, and quickly removed the allegedly infringing Seven theme from the depository, but it took more than a week for the app to be reinstated back into the Play Store. If you download Themer Beta now, you'll be searching for Seven in vain, though one of the most popular themes, called Tiled, resembles Windows Phone's layout quite a bit, too, so now it's Microsoft's turn to stir it up in Themer land. Oh, wait, they apparently don't care.