My app was pirated

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by hoosierfan24, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. hoosierfan24 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    hello I was just looking online and I saw that my app was pirated is there anything i can do to prevent it from happening again or someway get my app "unpirated"?

  2. Bakakage macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2009
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  4. drf1229 macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    Personally, I'd be flattered if I discovered my app was pirated, that people actually know about my app :)
  5. jeznav macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2007
    Hate to say this but all apps will be pirated. I can list the reasons why but most just want to try the app. That's why there are lite versions. What'll would be best is have your app set as low as .99 or free and have your content as an in-app purchase. That way you still have revenue. ex. For games, you'd have level packs, episodes. For a $1.99 game, set your game as .99 initially with some content and have the rest of the content purchased as an in-app. That way if it gets pirated, you only lose .99 cents and the rest of the content will have to be purchased if you want to complete the game. For utilities or other apps, create upgrade modules to enhance your app. One example is iTranslate. It's free but if you want to add the speech modules, you have to pay. There are also over 10 modules on this thing and new ones come out. I'm not sure if pirates were able to steal the content from the server w/o purchasing it first.
  6. WytRaven macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Orbiting Mercury
    Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how cheap something is, if it isn't free people will steal. People suck.
  7. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2004
    Be creative. Put in crack checks that degrade the game after a few levels. Or make it play in demo mode.
  8. hoosierfan24 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
  9. easterisle macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2010
    it happens, but remember that very few pirates would have been actual customers

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