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Lightsaber App Coming To App Store — Again; Is Apple’s Vetting Process Full Of Holes?

imageRemember the basic lightsaber iPhone App that captured the hearts of Star Wars fans? It was free, but it was also a blatant case of copyright infringement and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) was eventually forced to pull it from its store’s shelves. No worries Luke fans, it’s back. THQ Wireless, which has a long-term global exclusive on all of Lucas Film

5 Responses to “Lightsaber App Coming To App Store — Again; Is Apple’s Vetting Process Full Of Holes?”

  1. Matt Kapko

    Thanks for writing in Trotskiii. On your first point, there have been a couple lightsaber applications on the iPhone and so I just referred to the PhoneSaber application as a lightsaber app. On your second point, thank you pointing this out. While I realize that THQ went directly to the developer to have the application pulled, it still speaks volumes about Apple's lack of oversight on the issue. I don't see this as a story about a responsible developer, but rather one that developed unauthorized content borrowed from a strongly guarded brand. Either way, Apple helped distribute illegal content on its App Store and the developer was free and clear to do so until the rightful owners stepped in. Again, this is not something you see happening on its iTunes store.

  2. There are two fairly major inaccuracies in your story…

    1 The application you featured was called PhoneSaber and not LightSaber

    2 Apple did not pull the application, the developer did themselves after being contacted by THQ

    The full story is at the phonesaber developer's website here:

    http://themacbox.co.uk/2008/08/phonesabers-future/

    As the developer and THQ managed to reach agreement without Apple's intervention whatsoever this really puts a whole new slant on your story.

    This is not so much about Apple not being able to keep control of its app store content but proof that Apple's hand picked developers are responsible enough to self regulate!

  3. So Apple launches a new business and runs into a minor IP problem in the first few months. There's not even a lawsuit, just a little delay while the legal stuff gets worked out. What's the big deal? Overall the Apps store roll out has gone very smoothly.

  4. Apple requires that individuals and corporations who submit content, be it songs, games, or applications, warrant that they have attained the required rights to do so. It's the only reasonable thing to do since in many cases it's practically impossible to determine if someone has acquired the rights due to NDA and general communication issues. Imagine how horrible it would be if every single product that went up to the App Store required Apple to perform a legal vetting of the content … they would release one title every six months!