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Vasuperniss
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« on: 06-01-2013 14:43 »

Hello Futurama fans,

I am a huge fan of the show, and a developer for the android platform.
And today I have finally finished developing my Futurama trivia game after about 4 long months of coding and watching the entire series all over again for the questions. (Over 210 original both knowledge and quote questions divided in to 5 difficulty levels, made entirely by me  smile)

So go ahead and test your knowledge of the show in this amazing trivia app!
Here is a link to the Google play store (it is of course free to download)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vasuperniss.futurama.trivia&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS52YXN1cGVybmlzcy5mdXR1cmFtYS50cml2aWEiXQ..

Hope you enjoy.
Don't forget to rate  smile
Eternium

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« Reply #1 on: 06-01-2013 20:24 »

Looks great! I'll play it right now:D (will rate afterwards)
totalnerduk

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« Reply #2 on: 06-01-2013 23:03 »

You probably shouldn't download this. From the "PERMISSIONS" tab on the download page:

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FULL NETWORK ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

This could very well be a data mining tool, designed to send your personal information to God-knows-where for God-knows-what. The quiz at the front end certainly shouldn't need that sort of permission to function, and is probably just a convenient front for the actual tool.

In addition, this thread is advertising, which is forbidden by PEEL's TOS. Not only that, but it is not advertising a licensed product. It's advertising a bootleg product, and as such is violating the copyright and intellectual property of FOX, The Curiosity Company, Comedy Central, and Matt Groening.

So don't download this.

nantal

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« Reply #3 on: 06-01-2013 23:21 »
« Last Edit on: 06-01-2013 23:26 »

You probably shouldn't download this. From the "PERMISSIONS" tab on the download page:

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FULL NETWORK ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

This could very well be a data mining tool, designed to send your personal information to God-knows-where for God-knows-what. The quiz at the front end certainly shouldn't need that sort of permission to function, and is probably just a convenient front for the actual tool.

In addition, this thread is advertising, which is forbidden by PEEL's TOS. Not only that, but it is not advertising a licensed product. It's advertising a bootleg product, and as such is violating the copyright and intellectual property of FOX, The Curiosity Company, Comedy Central, and Matt Groening.

So don't download this.



Then what about making R2D2 noise generator apps?Or what about Futurama Fan-Arts? It doesen't violate copyright?
By the way, the Facebook application is a dangerous application, because it needs full network acces. Plus it can send geographical informations too.
totalnerduk

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« Reply #4 on: 06-01-2013 23:41 »

You probably shouldn't download this. From the "PERMISSIONS" tab on the download page:

Quote
FULL NETWORK ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

This could very well be a data mining tool, designed to send your personal information to God-knows-where for God-knows-what. The quiz at the front end certainly shouldn't need that sort of permission to function, and is probably just a convenient front for the actual tool.

In addition, this thread is advertising, which is forbidden by PEEL's TOS. Not only that, but it is not advertising a licensed product. It's advertising a bootleg product, and as such is violating the copyright and intellectual property of FOX, The Curiosity Company, Comedy Central, and Matt Groening.

So don't download this.



Then what about making R2D2 noise generator apps?Or what about Futurama Fan-Arts? It doesen't violate copyright?

Depends on the profit involved. If you profit without paying a license fee or having permission, then yes. You're violating copyright. If there is any associated advertising involved with this application, or any other way that the author is making money from it (I'll be brutally honest here: 90% of smartphone apps are making somebody money, somehow, even when free to download), such as there being a "premium" version that you can upgrade to... it's a violation of copyright.

By the way, the Facebook application is a dangerous application, because it needs full network acces. Plus it can send geographical informations too.

The difference is that you know that the Facebook application is a systematic data mining tool from which the authors and owners make an unseemly amount of profit. They don't even try to hide it. This app looks like a free toy, but it's a free toy that shouldn't need the sort of network access that is usually used for harvesting personal data and selling it to a call centre in India that want to get you to sign up for an expensive funeral plan, or a timeshare in Alaska, or a monthly subscription to some sort of magazine that's too "niche" to sell in brick-and-mortar shops.
Vasuperniss
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« Reply #5 on: 06-02-2013 08:54 »

You probably shouldn't download this. From the "PERMISSIONS" tab on the download page:

Quote
FULL NETWORK ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

This could very well be a data mining tool, designed to send your personal information to God-knows-where for God-knows-what. The quiz at the front end certainly shouldn't need that sort of permission to function, and is probably just a convenient front for the actual tool.

In addition, this thread is advertising, which is forbidden by PEEL's TOS. Not only that, but it is not advertising a licensed product. It's advertising a bootleg product, and as such is violating the copyright and intellectual property of FOX, The Curiosity Company, Comedy Central, and Matt Groening.

So don't download this.



I understand your concern, and I will now explain everything so that everyone will understand that it is a simple Futurama trivia and nothing else.

To register as a developer to the Google play market you have to pay a fee of 25$(100$ on the appstore), to cover my loses I have to make some money out of my app, so I need to advertise ads, hence the INTERNET permissions (almost every free app that has nothing to do with the Internet has those permissions because of ads).

Now to the "copyright and intellectual property".... WHAT ???? this app was made entirely ,fully and completely by me, all questions were written by me (took me a few months), Matt Groening should be thanking me for releasing this app, because it shows the power of this show to have so many apps of it.

Now to your fears of "god knows where", every app uploaded to the Google play store are tested by them(it is only visible to the public about 2 hours after the developer's upload), so please don't worry for "god knows what", you can feel safe downloading it.

DotheBartman

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« Reply #6 on: 06-02-2013 09:03 »

If I'm not mistaken, simply making a trivia app related to a copyrighted work isn't violating that copyright, because it can't really be claimed that a bunch of trivia questions take substantively from the work itself; otherwise, a hell of a lot of bars and companies that host trivia nights would be in serious trouble. There are plenty of trivia apps (including some Futurama ones) for sale for the iPhone, and Apple hasn't taken them down for infringement. Now, if the app uses images from the show (which this app does appear to be guilty of), or for that matter, any video or audio from it, then that potentially becomes a different story.

It should be noted that PEEL and CGEF (especially the latter) are probably technically in violation of copyright laws as well, particularly since CGEF uses banner ads to derive some financial support. Of course, by now FOX has learned to be a little more lenient with fan sites for their TV properties.
totalnerduk

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« Reply #7 on: 06-02-2013 16:57 »

To register as a developer to the Google play market you have to pay a fee of 25$(100$ on the appstore), to cover my loses I have to make some money out of my app, so I need to advertise ads, hence the INTERNET permissions (almost every free app that has nothing to do with the Internet has those permissions because of ads).it.

So, you're advertising and making a profit. Then at the very least, this thread counts as an advertisement, which is in violation of PEEL's TOS.

Now to the "copyright and intellectual property".... WHAT ???? this app was made entirely ,fully and completely by me, all questions were written by me (took me a few months), Matt Groening should be thanking me for releasing this app, because it shows the power of this show to have so many apps of it.

Background art, along with images and sounds from the show were created by and are owned by Matt Groening or his commercial partners. He certainly shouldn't be thanking you for stealing his stuff. You should have asked for his permission before using them.

If I'm not mistaken, simply making a trivia app related to a copyrighted work isn't violating that copyright, because it can't really be claimed that a bunch of trivia questions take substantively from the work itself; otherwise, a hell of a lot of bars and companies that host trivia nights would be in serious trouble. There are plenty of trivia apps (including some Futurama ones) for sale for the iPhone, and Apple hasn't taken them down for infringement. Now, if the app uses images from the show (which this app does appear to be guilty of), or for that matter, any video or audio from it, then that potentially becomes a different story.

This app does use images and audio from the show, and is unlicensed. For the author to make a profit from this is considered theft.

It should be noted that PEEL and CGEF (especially the latter) are probably technically in violation of copyright laws as well, particularly since CGEF uses banner ads to derive some financial support. Of course, by now FOX has learned to be a little more lenient with fan sites for their TV properties.

As I understand it, CGEF has always been in contact with either FOX or Groening's offices, and has had their "unofficial support". Whilst this is the sort of thing that could be withdrawn at any moment, with FOX requiring a licensing fee and whatnot for future operation, CGEF (and by extension, PEEL) have the tacit consent of the show's owners. This goodwill is in part dependant on PEEL not being a haven for or repository of links to unlicensed content, bootleg merchandise, and the ever-feared illegal downloads of the show itself.

As for advertising, PEEL and CGEF don't make a profit. They manage to generate some of the money that it costs to pay for the server and bandwidth. Apps, on the other hand, are something that it doesn't cost to have hosted and downloaded to people's machines. If this app takes off, the $25 it cost to register it with Google isn't going to be a repeated charge, whilst the advertising revenue is going to keep coming in (making an app a potentially very lucrative thing), meaning that the author stands to make a decent profit.

Plus, the sorts of "free" games that come with advertising installed can be incredibly annoying (and if I was somehow foolish enough to download one of these, I would end up giving it the lowest possible rating based on that alone).

Now to your fears of "god knows where", every app uploaded to the Google play store are tested by them(it is only visible to the public about 2 hours after the developer's upload), so please don't worry for "god knows what", you can feel safe downloading it.

Since that's failed to prevent other data mining apps from being made available on Google play as "free toys" before, I don't think that should re-assure people. In fact, Google themselves are notorious for collecting as much information about an individual as they can (although Google do tend not to sell much of that data to third parties. They keep it for their own purposes).
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #8 on: 06-02-2013 17:50 »
« Last Edit on: 06-02-2013 22:02 »

With Android the Full Internet Access Permission isn't inherently malicious, if the app had reading phone call state, SD card or read contact detail or other data permissions it might be cause for concern, but as the OP says it's an ad supported app hence the need for internet access.

As with any app on Google Play, if you are concerned about privacy, don't install an app to your device!
Whether this is cause for removal I will defer to [mArc] on this.

Further reading about premissions:
http://www.androidpit.com/app-permissions-explained
http://lifehacker.com/5991099/why-does-this-android-app-need-so-many-permissions
http://binarydroids.com/blog/android-app-permissions-explained/
futurefreak

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« Reply #9 on: 06-02-2013 18:36 »

This seems like it would fit better in the Websites/Reviews forum...
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