updated 05:12 pm EDT, Fri August 31, 2012
Service aims to remove app clones, pirated content
Apple has offered a new tool that enables developers and content owners to flag potential copyright violations on the iTunes App Store. The service, labeled iTunes Content Dispute, aims to help streamline the reporting and enforcement process, quickly notifying Apple staff for further review and corrective action for legitimate accusations.
"If you believe that an application available in the App Store violates your intellectual property rights, you can use this form to submit a claim to the App Store Legal Team," the site reads.
After the complaint form has been submitted, Apple will respond with contact information for the developer of the disputed app. Both parties are e-mailed and encouraged to "work directly with each other to resolve the dispute," though complainants can pursue further action through the App Store Legal Team if both sides cannot come to an agreement.
The service marks an expansion of Apple's App Store policing strategy, as the number of potential copyright violations escalates in step with the growth of the iOS app portal. The company is expected to continue its own tight control over the app approval process, though the Content Dispute tool provides further means to filter copied apps or titles that include copyrighted content without permission. [via GigaOM and The Next Web]