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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hypo Luxa, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Hypo Luxa

    Hypo Luxa Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    So if you download something from the Market, and later find out it's most likely illegal, can you get in trouble for downloading it in the first place? I would think there has to be SOMETHING in place to protect us.
     


  2. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    Report it by finding it in the my downloads section of the market, and scroll down to the "flag as inappropriate" button.

    Doubt you will get in trouble if you are the one "dropping the dime" on the app.

    eu1
     
  3. Hypo Luxa

    Hypo Luxa Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    just seems odd that several of the same kinds of illegal apps are out there and available. Guess you run that risk when you take a 'hands off' business model.
     
  4. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    I don't see what kind of illegal content could be in the market.

    I mean, national security secrets? Nuclear launch codes.

    Downloading music, etc... is a copyright infringement.
     
  5. 566

    566 Newbie

    child pornography.

    you can get in trouble for downloading it, yes.
     
  6. Hypo Luxa

    Hypo Luxa Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    All 7 of the Harry Potter books.. you know, the ones that the author wont give anyone permission to reproduce electronically. I stumbled across them as I was looking for something and downloaded a few of them just to see if they were in fact the entire books.
     
  7. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    I don't believe you will get in legal trouble for downloading the app once accidentally. Now, if there are 200 apps on your phone, then that might be different.

    You might get sued, if they can find out who you are, but cops aren't going to come to your house and get you.

    Plus, you will only be in legal trouble if you don't already own the books.

    For instance, my wife has downloaded and re-read all of the Harry Potter books. However, since we already own the books, she's not violating the copyright.
     
  8. deanq

    deanq Lurker

    Do you find it difficult to read a whole book on such a tiny screen? is there some trick or technique I am missing?
    Thanks
     
  9. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    She doesn't. She's reading and writing on that same screen.
     
  10. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

    There seems to be a ton of stupid stuff in the Market lately.
     
  11. Hypo Luxa

    Hypo Luxa Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I just took another look at fair use and I'm ok. I have all 7 books and whether or not she authorized it, I am entitled to a digital backup.
     
  12. I don't pay for apps. I'm sure they would make a bigger deal about that than "illegal" apps. They'd simply delete them and move on. The developer would get in trouble, most likely, not the downloader.
     
  13. MOS95B

    MOS95B Android Enthusiast

    The downloader can get into trouble (RIAA anyone??). Will they, though?? Kinda doubt it. But, if a copyright owner wants to go on a rampage (again, RIAA anyone?), you never know what might happen

    Knowingly downloading illegal content (copywright infringements, pirated, etc) is illegal... The amount of risk you are willing to take is up to you.
     
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  14. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    It is only illegal if you don't already have rights to the content.

    As previously stated, if you own the Harry Potter books, you cannot get in trouble for downloading them. You already have a right to the content.
     
  15. steelersfan

    steelersfan Newbie

    jumping on the pile here ... because I wonder

    if the author did not authorize a digital media version, whether you think you are entitled to a digital backup seems to me to be moot

    You can't ever have a legal copy (first or archival) of something that was never formally released, can you?

    For the record .. not an attorney, don't play one on TV and didn't stay at a Howard Johnsons last night

    (and shame on you JK Rowling for not allowing Harry Potter on the Kindle)
     
  16. Hypo Luxa

    Hypo Luxa Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It would be perfectly legal for me to scan the books into my computer or even type them up in a word doc. This is no different really.
     
  17. steelersfan

    steelersfan Newbie

    aha .. i get it
     
  18. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    Its pretty hard for someone who just downloads illegal content to get in trouble. However, if you are uploading, that's an entirely different story. Usually its a lot easier to go after the uploaders.

    Illegal content is to be expected though. No platform is really safe from it (except maybe the official Apple Store, though you can download apps that are technically illegal through Cydia).
     
  19. meanm50

    meanm50 Well-Known Member

    Wow guys....google search...JK Rowlings has released the rights recently. (July 18th)
     
  20. Indians

    Indians Newbie

    Where is the DRM or Fair Use rules do you see this exception?

    Thanks
     
  21. pavirotten

    pavirotten Android Enthusiast

    As the consumers, we should all be safe unless someone is disseminating the apps. If you remember, Apple just launched a lawsuit against HTC a few months ago due to patent infringement.

    If a company could sue someone that downloaded a copyrighted app, then Apple should also be able to sue anyone with a HTC phone. Even if they could do it, suing consumers for downloading an illegal app (or phone) would just be bad business. If Apple tried to sue me due to HTC's indiscretions, I would hard-pressed to purchase any of Apple's products either now or in the future.

    Just remember this: RIAA, the music recording industry, very publically tried to sue end-users of illegally copied music to some success, but then realized they were dealing with a pretty nasty backlash. Now, with some rare exceptions, RIAA only goes after the owners of the trade sites, torrent developers, and the like.
     
  22. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    The RIAA announced last month (again) that it will phase out the litigation phase of it's anti-piracy efforts.

    However, it announced the same thing 2 years ago, and it hasn't happened yet. I'll believe it when it happens.
     
  23. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    Wow! I must not be searching the right places for illegal apps. The only one that I know of is Mabilo. That one is probably not legal even if it does just store a clip of music on your phone. There is no DRM protection and it isn't sanctioned by the RIAA. I think that Mabilo came off of the official market though. You have to go to their site for the download.
     
  24. Podivin

    Podivin Android Expert

    I use the Aldiko reader, so can't speak to the programs being referenced here. But I think you're imagining an entire page of a book displayed on the Eris screen, that's not the way it works. The text displayed on the screen is basically the same size as the text in the typical paperback book. So it takes about 4 Eris 'pages' to equal 1 book page. You turn a lot more 'pages' to read a book, but you don't need a magnifying glass to do it. :)
     
  25. deanq

    deanq Lurker

    AHHH, I see (said the blind man).
    Thanks
     

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