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    Android app removed due to IP infringement

    I recently released a Dota 2 statistics app on the Google Play store and today I received an email stating that it has been removed from the store for "Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy". I've been asking around and it seems I'm not the only one whose Dota 2 app has been removed from the store, but other apps similar to mine are still available and I can't see what I did differently.

    The store page has been taken down but I managed to save a couple of screenshots: http://imgur.com/exFtL1E,KHxJnEg#0

    Has anyone here ever encountered a similar problem or does anyone have an idea of what could have caused this?

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    did you properly credit valve's ownership of all the images and names you've used?

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    No, I forgot to do that. I would have added it if they gave me some kind of warning.
    Do you think that would have mattered though? I'm sure Google didn't even look at the store page before removing it.
    Last edited by Voshond; 05-01-2014 at 05:01 AM.

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    the problem would be that they looked at your application and noticed that you used images that were not your own without attributing the original creator.

    if you add in that ownership information you'll probably get it back into the store.

    even something as simple as "Dota 2 is a registered trademark of Valve Corporation." would probably do it.
    (that's all dotabuff has on its site at least)

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    I've heard that it might have been because my app icon looks a lot like the Dota 2 logo, but that doesn't explain why other apps with the Dota 2 logo are still available.
    I can upload a fixed version of the app, but I don't even know what to fix. Was it the name? The images? The logo?
    There's an option to appeal this removal, but it requires some form of proof that I can use copyrighted material. How am I ever going to obtain that.

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    Been doing some more searching and I've already found 20+ other Dota apps that have been removed from the store. They all have different functions, icons and descriptions. I haven't found a common cause that could have caused these removals. For example Dota 2 Counters doesn't use the Dota 2 logo as its icon. Dota 2 Builder has a disclaimer in the description that states all rights belong to Valve Corporation. Both of them were removed from the Play store.

    Full list of apps I've found so far, but I'm sure there's a lot more.
    Dota Apps that have been removed from the Play Store.

    Dota Data (Voshond)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android-app/...search-results
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nraes.dotadata

    Dota 2 Quiz (Suresh Murali)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_appl...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...st.dotaq&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...st.dotaq&hl=en

    Dota 2 Quiz (Dabbe)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_game...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...ota2quiz&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ota2quiz&hl=en

    Dota 2 Game Quiz (rlldll)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_game...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?id=com.dota.my&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....dota.my&hl=en

    Dota 2 Quiz (Ultimate Quiz)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_game...search-results
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...uiz.dota2.game

    Dota 2 Assistant (IceWyrm)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_appl...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...rm.dota2&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rm.dota2&hl=en

    DotA 2 PEDIA (develop girls)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_appl...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...rs.dota2&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rs.dota2&hl=en

    DotA Soundboard (Phonpatchara Chochai)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_them...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?id=com.dotafx&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.dotafx&hl=en

    Dota 2 Wallpapers (Silverstay)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_them...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...llpapers&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...llpapers&hl=en

    Dota 2 Live Wallpaper 3D (wanderman)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_them...search-results
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ota2wallpaper2

    Dota 2 Clock Widget (Silverstay)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...clockwid&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...clockwid&hl=en

    Dota 2 Guide (RedEyesStudio)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...ta2guide&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ta2guide&hl=en

    Dota 2 Sound Library (Killer Phone Applications)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_them...search-results
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...a2sounds&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...a2sounds&hl=en

    Dota 2 Info (Badr)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...adr.dota&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...adr.dota&hl=en

    DotA 2 Database (Dmitry Putintsev)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...database&hl=en
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...database&hl=en

    Dota 2 Art (Artefact Indonesia)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android-app/...art-kiybc.html
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...efact.dota2art

    Dota 2 Builds (Darjan Djamtovski)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...an.Dota2&hl=en
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_game...search-results
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.Darjan.Dota2

    Dota 2 Counters (awlex)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...x.DotaCounters
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Counters&hl=en

    DOTApedia Free for DOTA 2 (Empty Tea Soft)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...house.dotafree
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...dotafree&hl=en

    DotA 2 (Duudood)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?id=com.duudood.dota2
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...od.dota2&hl=en

    Dota 2 Builds (New Bloom) (Glisk)
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_appl...oom_jhfna.html
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...k.dota2.builds

    Dota 2 Builder (devmys)
    http://www.androidrank.org/details?i...2builder&hl=en
    http://www.appszoom.com/android_appl...der_cltzw.html
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...2builder&hl=en

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    did you have ads in your app?

    that may be a common theme.
    I doubt valve would take too kindly to you monetizing their work without consulting them and with only a small mention of their brand.

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    No. Free app, no ads.

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    Google hardly monitors their store. Most of the things are automated (and that's why you get a scam app as number one paid app). Most likely someone reported your app for IP violation and their scan found dota 2 is owned by valve; not you.

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    I think most of us had the same reason for removal of the application, I had the following reason for removal of the application:

    REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy.

    In my application I have stated that all images and information is used from the official site of Dota2 and I have added the link of the website.
    Since there are removed several Dota 2 applications I think Valve has complained to Google for this applications.

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