Kickstarter Gives KickMaterial The Boot
Remember KickMaterial, the android app that promised to bring Material Design to Kickstarter made by Grzegorz Oksiuta in collaboration with Outline? After contacting the developer on behalf of one of our members for a progress update it was revealed that KickStarter had put an end to all hopes of a release.
There was an issue back in May causing significant delay to the app’s release relating to the publishing of materials with trademarked names and images which was handled with the removal of all offending material. It has since become apparent that KickStarter did not stop there and has since quashed all hopes of the app being released by not allowing the use of the API, an obviously integral part of the app. Not wanting trouble over the app, the developers have since halted development and have refocussed their efforts elsewhere.
“To be honest, we could release it even tomorrow. Unfortunately folks from Kickstarter wrote to us and said that we cannot do this and now we actually don’t know what to do … … They were very clear that we cannot publish”
“If I was a board member, or an investor, I would want the company to run the numbers and be logical too. I have yet to hear from anyone any cogent argument that can convince me that closing the APIs makes more money than keeping them open in the scenarios above. Instead of all the hype and fury, run the numbers. Then let’s discuss it rationally.”
At the current time we can only presume that this is likely the work of an over zealous legal department. Unfortunately KickStarter could not be reached for comment, however as always we will continue to keep you updated as the story unfolds.
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