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XDA-Developers and Piracy
It should come as absolutely no surprise that we at XDA-Developers take piracy very seriously. Not only does pirated content cause our site to face potential legal action, but the developers who create the applications we enjoy deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It is for this reason that we take a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to willful piracy.
You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a rather innovative application by XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase. TimePIN, as its name implies, allows users to use the current time as an unlock PIN for their device. So what does this have to do with piracy and XDA? Quite a bit.
Early yesterday morning, it came to our attention that a (former) member of our community created an Xposed Framework module specifically aimed at bypassing the license checks on jcase’s TimePIN app. Needless to say, this module was promptly removed from the Xposed Repository once Recognized Developer Rovo89 learned of the issue.
Despite the removal, the offense is wrong on many levels. First of all, piracy is simply unacceptable to begin with. However, pirating an application made by a talented independent developer is especially wrong. This is because unlike large developer studios where a few stolen copies are less likely to impact the bottom line much, pirating from an independent developer can legitimately hurt their profitability and even mean the difference between being able to pay the rent or coming up short.
Your independent developers work long and hard to help you make the most of your mobile device. Show your appreciation by supporting them, and at the very least, not pirating their work. If you encounter any pirated content, please do not hesitate to contact your forum’s moderator or use the report post function.
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