Just after seeing that Fusio's DublinBikes
app just got removed after threat of legal action
Due to the threat of legal action from J.C. Decaux the Dublin Bikes iPhone App is no longer available to download and there will be no further updates posted. Thank you for all the positive feedback and comments
Scraping websites is obviously brings this risk with it and I'd guess that legal action (or at least threats) are more likely if you're:
- Charging for your app
- Infringing on the website owners trademarks
Now DublinBikes app would appear to fall squarely into the infringing territory. The colour scheme matches the dublinbikes.ie site and to most people it does look like an 'official' app.
Now if JC Decaux were a bit more enlightened
they might have worked with fusio either to transfer the app to them or to continue building it. That would have allowed them to retain a bit of goodwill and momentum around the app.
What have people done to try to lessen the chances of being threatened with legal action?