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Themer Suspended From Google Play Due to Copyright Concern of Apple’s, in Limbo on Return (Updated)

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This morning, we received word that Themer, the popular automated Android theming app from MyColorScreen, had been removed from Google Play. We reached out to MyColorScreen to see if we could get word on a potential reason for the removal, along with any sort of timeline for a return. Here is what their team had to say.

On the night of February 2, the Themer app was pulled from Google Play due to a copyright concern regarding their “Seven” theme. Who had the concern? Apple Inc. Apple claimed that several icons in the “Seven” themed infringed upon their copyrights, so the theme was immediately removed from Themer after being pulled from Google Play. For those not familiar with Seven, it does indeed resemble the look of Apple’s new iOS7. 

After pulling the theme from the app, there was hope that the app would return within a few days to Google Play. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. I can’t exactly say that I’m surprised, because it has been well-documented that Google is terrible when it comes to communicating with developers who have had their apps removed. In most cases, Google can’t even be reached to find out the reason for the removal.

At this point, MyColorScreen does not know exactly when the app will be returned to Google Play. They have attempted to get in contact with anyone who could potentially speed up the process, but have had no luck, just like most developers in this situation. They are hoping that there is a queue and that Themer will be restored shortly.

It should be noted that all of this hasn’t stopped them from continuing to developer the project and move towards Themer 1.0 (non-beta).

Here is part of the DMCA complaint from Apple:

description_of_copyrighted_work: Apple Inc. is the sole and exclusive owner  of the copyright in the original artwork for the app designs in its iOS 7 operating system. The foregoing application being distributed on Google Play intentionally includes unauthorized reproductions of Apple’s
copyrighted apps, including its icon designs for Notes (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871602), Stocks (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871786), Newsstand (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871650), Maps (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871438), Camera (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871668), Photos (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871779), Settings (Copyright Reg. No. VA1871669) and other features. This application violates Apple’s copyrights, in addition to other Apple IP rights. (This app developer’s unauthorized reproduction of Apple’s multiple copyrights may be viewed in-app by first downloading and installing the app, allowing Themer to create widgets on one’s device, and loading the “Seven” theme from the list of the “Most Popular” category under the Browse Themes.)

MyColorScreen told us to expect more within a couple of hours. We’ll be sure to update this post as we can.

Update:  Here is the full statement from Themer.

Update 2:  The app has been reinstated to Google Play.

  • solstice1221

    As much as I like Themer I do question their use of other people’s intellectual property. They have a few Harry Potter and Game of Thrones themes on there. Do you honestly think they got J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martins permission to use them? If they were just fanboys developing the themes for their own use I would think it’s fine. But they are trying to develop a product that they want to bring to market and hopefully sell. And in that regard I can see Apple’s point.

  • Mav6

    Android is at about 51% and growing while Apple is at 42.7% and shrinking in the US smartphone market. Android now has over 80% of the smartphone global market so Apple please continue worrying about icons and themes, your time is now limited..

  • Sam Del Valle

    Apple. Spend less time suing people and more time worrying about your products and software. I’m looking at you iOS 7

    • flosserelli

      It’s easier to patent everything under the sun and then sue for anything remotely resembling your products (ie, rounded rectangles, swipe to unlock) even when there are undeniable instances of prior art. The US patent system is fubar.

  • Brian Klippel

    While this blows, they shouldn’t have used / copied Apple icons for a theme, nor should any other theme. The artwork belongs to Apple. If you (yeah, you, the guy about to down vote me.. I see you) created an icon pack that was making you some big bucks on the Play store found out that someone lifted all your image work and created a knock off pack with it, would you not want them to cease? Lets also pretend for a moment that you spent weeks of hard work creating those images, rather than lifting them from someone else.. since that’s probably what anyone down voting this would really have done.

  • Shawn John

    Maybe one day, Apple will get off their high horse and create an iDroid. This is from the co-founder, Steve Woz.

    • creed

      Won’t happen. Apple’s not really in the hardware business. Selling their hardware with android on it would take money away from their bottom line and add to android’s. Doesn’t make sense.

    • The Narrator

      A home button with on screen buttons. Wat.

  • flosserelli

    So why not send a C&D order to the developer to pull the Seven theme? The app itself is not violating Apple copyrights or “intellectual property”.
    Apple has so many tech companies by the balls, it is ridiculous.

  • Corey Foltman

    i was wondering what happened. i went looking to download this app yesterday.

  • Chewy789

    Apple…you’re the dictionary definition of a female dog.

    • Chris

      So is your mother

  • Ryan5609

    Was never a big fan of Themer in the first place. I got my beta invite and tried it out for about a day or so on my GS4. Then tried it again when I got my Nexus 5. Something about it was just off. I thought it was clunky and just not a very good home-screen replacement.

  • konspikuous

    Apple is the girl at the party that calls all the other girls a slut when the guys aren’t paying her any attention.

  • YinzerRob

    meh…i never liked themer much anyways!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I have had similar bad luck. I had an iOS7 uccw theme in the play store and it was kind of popular. Then all of a sudden, Google suspended it without mailing me. When I contacted play store support, they told me I can file DMCA counter notice. i.e. The app was taken down because of a DMCA complain and Google didn’t even send me the DMCA complain copy. Anyway, I submitted the DMCA counter notice and instead of getting the app reinstated, Google terminated my developer account. I had 50+ apps in the store; I lost all of them. And they have rejected my petition to reverse the account termination three times now.

    Here are the theme screenshots if anyone wants to see.

  • Scott Breitbach

    A letter from our CEO regarding Themer’s absence from the Google Play store: https://plus.google.com/109735749478123209448/posts/Yb6CipJFXhE

    • Sankyou

      I’ll summarize this message for you: Apple’s cool with us now that we pulled the theme. Google?: Crickets…

  • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

    Apple seriously must have a nano-phallus.

  • JBartcaps

    So no more amazing homescreens like this :(

    • flosserelli

      Affirmative :/

  • storm33x

    I want to go find Steve Jobs headstone and piss on it and then carve the android logo into the stone. and paint it green.

    • JBartcaps

      Yeah because that’s the right thing to do…

    • Chris

      Grow up

    • Philip J. Fry

      That’s real mature.

      • Tim242

        Pot, meet kettle

        • The Narrator

          Weird, my pot usually meets a bowl..

    • storm33x

      wow it was a joke, im not that inconsiderate!

      • Chris

        Yes, some of Apple’s ways of doing things are questionable but disrespecting the guy who changed the way we use technology isn’t cool. You are not impressing anyone nor do people think you are cool.

      • Dr_Buttballs

        You must have found something wrong with what you said, otherwise you wouldn’t have edited out the part where you wanted to urniated on the late Steve Jobs’s headstone.

      • Chris

        Joke like deleting your comment then creating fake accounts to like it so it gets more votes/

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I hope you become a eunuch and never get the chance to breed.

    • storm33x

      u know what?? I don’t care. just voicing my opinion!

      I run a Macbook Pro. And the brand New Mac Pro.

      Some apple products are amazing.

      Windows computers suck the big one.

      I just dont support IOS. Android all the way. And Im tired off all of apples mindless lawsuits over stupid things. Next they will sue over the “on button”

      LOL

      • Ian Case

        Its cliche, but don’t hate the player, hate the game. The US patent laws allow them to do it. You can’t hate on people for playing the game the way the rules are set to be played.

        • Chris

          You can’t expect a kid like @storm33x:disqus to understand that

  • Sankyou

    Let’s theme our awesome Androids with the look of Apple’s uncustomizable desktop. I know it still has the Android goodness – but really?

    • JBartcaps

      The fact that that’s even possible is why we do such things.

      • Sankyou

        I know. I love the customization of Android. It’s the “look we can do the iPhone thing” that bugs me.

        • Chris

          Then don’t make your phone look like one…. simple huh?

          • Sankyou

            No you just wrecked my life.

          • Chris

            Glad to hear.

          • Sankyou

            Suicide before or after lunch?

          • Chris

            Now would be preferred.

          • Sankyou

            So Chris – did you know you can make money while sitting at home?

          • MrOrange645

            LOL @ my comment getting blacklisted which was obviously a joke.

    • Chris

      since when can I get the look of OSX mavericks on my phone?.

  • OhYeah!

    Good, we don’t need ugly IOS clones in there anyway. How about some NEW creative themes?

  • Maxim∑

    You all citizen apple yet get angry when a iOS 7 theme gets removed? My color screen is obviously coming back.

    Much drama

    • JBartcaps

      We aren’t mad that an iOS theme got removed, we are mad that Apple caused the entire app to be removed from the Play Store, which therefore, stopped development on this amazing App

      • Maxim∑

        I agree its a great app, but Im not sure why the whole app has to be taken down for one theme

        • flosserelli

          Because it’s Apple, and everyone from tech companies to the US patent office has Apple’s balls in their mouth.

  • JBartcaps

    Wow, Themer has been my home replacement since Droid-Life first wrote about it. I loved this app, made your phone visually awesome

  • MARS GRAF-X

    What about espier 7.. ? i think that launcher is more in violation of this .. and he makes money on it where themer was free ?

  • Philip J. Fry

    • Maxim∑

      that was in 2011 :)

      • Chris

        good eye.

      • Philip J. Fry

        You’re right, the amount of trolling has tripled since 2011.

  • Deez

    Must they always piss on a good thing with their “innovation”?

    • The Narrator

      Shh! I want taller phones, brah

  • Tony Byatt
  • Intellectua1

    I was just reading an article about how Apple has been sued 92 times in the past 3 years by patent trolls. 50 of the claims have been settled, 37 are still ongoing and a couple have been dropped by the pursuing company

  • Dan

    Apple go away nobody likes you anymore.

    • Chris

      Clearly people do otherwise they wouldnt be making money.

      • XboxOne

        A lot of android fanboys downvoted you.

        • Chris

          a lot of immature children did

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Stupid Apple… this is… aergghh, if i knew how to say it in english i’d do it! >=(

    • Mayoo

      Then let’s say it in all languages. I’ll start:

      Canadian French: Esti d’Apple à marde. Pas capable d’accepter le succès des autres, ils sont obliger de poursuivre tout ce qui bouge. Mangez donc tous de la marde Apple.

  • Mayoo

    Apple on copyrights and patents …

    • MustWarnOthers

      Offtopic, but when I realized that Inigo is the same actor that plays Saul Berenson on Homeland, it blew my mind and my brian is now taking 2 days off to recover from nostalgia shock.

  • Philip J. Fry

    What a joke.

  • Zach B.

    .. continuing to developer the project…

    Small typo. That is all .

  • Ben Murphy

    I hate Apple. That is all.

    • The Narrator

      Don’t we all.

      • Chris

        I don’t.I like both anbdroid and apple I hate immature idiots who go off like middle schoolers when it comes to the platform of choice.

        • The Narrator

          You mean, an OS that ripped off Android, and sues everybody in sight. Yeah, we should love them!

          • EdubE24

            So someone makes an IOS 7 clone, calls it Seven, and Apple is the bad guy for saying stop?

          • The Narrator

            Seven =/ 7

            iOS 7 is basically Android forked by Apple anyways.

          • EdubE24

            That cleared it up…thanks!!

          • The Narrator

            When my friend, who absolutely loves Apple, says he hates iOS 7 because it looks very identical to my phone, that says enough.

          • EdubE24

            Please tell me which phone. It still looks like a bunch of boxes on the home screen. Did you have “Seven” installed on your home screen? That would explain it, if not I can’t wait for this answer.

          • The Narrator

            If you can’t see the obvious android in iOS 7, i can’t help you. I am afraid, nobody can.

            http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/016705/ios-7-has-become-android-512×681.png?hash=AmpjZwLkMz&upscale=1

          • EdubE24

            No you can’t tell me a phone that it resembles, that’s the problem. Caught in a fib, no big deal, happens.

          • The Narrator

            Look above at the picture.

          • Chris

            look at the ones I posted.

            typical immature fanboys…..

          • The Narrator

            There’s a difference between using icons on a screen, then blatantly stealing features. But hey, if you want an iPhone go enjoy it. Just don’t bring that here.

            And immature fanboys? Just stop there. Nothing you are saying is making sense.

          • EdubE24

            So you have an HTC phone, running ICS, and you was listening to Google music while he had iTunes Radio playing. And he came to the conclusion IOS 7 was a rip off of your phone. Highly unlikely, but it’s your story!

          • The Narrator

            I am wondering why you are on an android site, defending apple. I am on to you, dub.

          • Chris

            Its OK to like both platforms.

          • EdubE24

            I’ve been reading this site since my OG Droid days. Not defending, but not crying that someone got their hand slapped for getting caught doing wrong.

          • Brian Klippel

            I’m thinking most people defending anything are defending the theft of art, not the apple brand. Create original art and you wont find yourself under a DMCA notice.

          • Chris

            Settle down child. I use both platforms.

          • Chris

            Cry me a river….

          • The Narrator

            Speaking of immature. Keep it up, buddy.

          • Chris

            Everyone copies everyone…

          • Relaxasaurus

            It’s a theme, not a clone. How much money do you think Apple lost because of the Seven theme?

            If there is a kit kat theme on a jailbroken iPhone, his much money do you think Google lost?

            Zero in each case

          • EdubE24

            Doesn’t matter in principle. Did the developer give Apple money for using their design? There lies the problem!

          • onDroid

            This is what people fail to understand. There needs to be a material loss in intellectual/design patent infringement. In order to be infringing on a patent Apple has to be able to prove that the infringement caused lost revenue for Apple. Since themer and the seven theme are free there is no lost revenue. If MCS was making money off the theme then they would have a case. Instead they are bullying them around and just generally being a dick.

          • Ian Case

            All you need is one person to say they WOULD have bought an iPhone, but instead they put Themer/Seven on their existing Android phone, and boom… lost revenue.

          • michael arazan

            What’s next, Apple going to sue the Mickey Mantle estate for his use of usinf the #7 on his jersey fifty years ago?

          • Brian Klippel

            You’re actually far from the truth. Apple could very well go to court to prove material loss. They could counter that these free themes detract from iPhone sales because people can experience their design by use of the themes rather than buying their product. You don’t want them to do that, because they could then find these small developers liable for the loss. You don’t have to charge money for something to incur material loss against another. It isn’t bullying, they want the art they paid to create to stay on their devices. I for one say let it stay there. People who want their android to look / operate like an iphone need their head examined.

          • Chris

            Like this?

    • jamdev12

      Look I don’t like CrApple myself, but I will say that if you like having a theme that makes your screen look like CrApple’s crummy theme then get a sh!tty maxiPhone. Don’t insult AOSP with their sh!t.

      • Chris

        calm down

      • XboxOne

        U Mad Bro?