| | 05-07-13, 06:21 AM Thread Author #1
Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen
My Vendor name is DrunkEddyLabs
I am facing an unfair competition from other developer called nextGen (vendor ID:9573).
Let me explain what is the problem here.
I have an application titled- Motion Avatars for BBM (BlackBerry World - Motion Avatars for BBM)
I released this app on 22nd April 2013
nextGen has an application titled- Animated Avatars for BBM (BlackBerry World - Animated Avatars for BBM)
he released that app before 22nd April 2013.
He (nextGen) emailed me on 5th May 2013, asked me to remove my app from BlackBerry World, and he told me that he was in the process of filing a lawsuit, for what he called "Copying his app". I have no idea what I "infringed". Copyright? Trademark? Patent? Well, he simply said that I copied his app.
I did not copy his application at all, the fact that my app and his app share the same functionality does not mean that I copied his app. My application differs in terms of overall design, and has a totally different name with his app.
My app and his app both has the functionality to set Animated GIF as BBM Avatars, those avatars was searched and retrieved from the internet (websites that provides GIF avatars)
This is where it get nasty, and what really caused me to post here in this forum.
My application rarely receives negative reviews, but ever since his email on 5th May, my app now constantly receives negative reviews, which are clearly intended to hurt my app sales.
At this point, you guys might think that those reviews might not be from him, but worry not, I have a few of these reviews screenshots from both my application and his application BlackBerry World page.
Those people who posted really bad reviews (by bad, I mean DEFAMATION) on my app, coincidentally posted unbelievably POSITIVE reviews on his app.
Those bad reviews really don't make any sense at all, but highly probably drives potential customers away. (See the screenshots). My sales declines 70% because of those reviews
First Screenshot is Motion Avatars (My app) Reviews, the second and third screenshot are Animated Avatars reviews (nextgen's app). I have highlighted the usernames in colors so it's easier for you guys to see.
Please notice the usernames
1. Is releasing an app with similar functionality is prohibited in BlackBerry World? Is BlackBerry World a monopoly market?
Riddle me this: If one developer released a Translator application, are other developers not allowed to released another Translator application??? What about Twitter clients? Dictionaries?
My App Review Page
His App Review Page