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  • I got email from Microsoft, that I have to remove my app from the Windows Phone Store due to some copyright infringement. It's all about the title of my application: "Minecraft Skin Viewer" - someone doesn't like that I use word "Minecraft". I don't understand why, because this app is about the game. But anyway, if I change the name to MC Skin Viewer, will it be enough? Can I publish the app again with the different name just as an update?
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:21 AM

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  • Minecraft's site (https://minecraft.net/terms) says that Minecraft is a trademark. Now sure if it is true or not. But when searching in WP Store it automatically correct misspelling. You can rename your app into "MineKraft Skin Viewer" for example and people will still find your app using "Minecraft" keyword. Just compare search results 

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/search?q=Minecraft

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/search?q=Minekraft

    they are almost the same.

    • Proposed as answer by My Lord Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:31 AM
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:31 AM
  • Interesting that there are still apps with "Minecraft" word in the name. How did they survive? I don't like "Minekraft" because it looks like spelling error. However MC is a quite common short, so I think I'll use it. I just want to make sure that it will be enough and Microsoft won't terminate my account...

    In the mail:

    "Please note: the following may result in permanent removal of your application and/or termination of your account:

    ·         Failure to remove your application from the Marketplace in response to this request and/or failing to keep your application removed from the Marketplace unless Microsoft has given you express permission to republish your app

    ·         Submitting an update for certification without providing a completed Mobile Applications – Content Infringement Counter Notice Form, or other legally-sufficient DMCA counter-notice.

    ·         Repeat infringement.

    ·         Breach of the Windows Phone Marketplace Application Provider Agreement."


    Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:39 AM
  • Also you can read this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

    Briefly it says that in several cases you still can use copyrighted words.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:44 AM
  • Interesting that there are still apps with "Minecraft" word in the name. How did they survive?

    How do you know the authors of those other apps did not receive the same notice?  These notices generally happen when the owner of the copyright or trademark asks Microsoft to do so.  Microsoft does not usually enforce someone else's copyright or trademark off their own bat.
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:13 AM
  • Also you can read this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

    Briefly it says that in several cases you still can use copyrighted words.

    Fair use or not, it's your reading of fair use against Microsoft's requirement for your app's removal.  You can try with the Copyright Infringement Counter Notice Form and see how it goes if you're feeling brave about it.
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:17 AM
  • Steve ''Sly'' Williams, 

    May be I will follow you advise, Cap, later when MS will send me request to remove my app. But they did not send such request to me yet. 

    And I did not write anything here about "my reading of fair use".

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:23 AM