Another DMCA takedown of one of my Android apps. This time initiated by The New York Times Company for a three year old app titled “NYTimes Article Search”. Instead of having their lawyers send the DMCA notice to Google which immediately suspends the respective app, they could have just sent me an email and I’d have changed the name immediately. Quite sad how the world is driven by lawyers these days…

Hello,

Google has been notified that aspects of your application, NYTimes Article Search, allegedly infringe upon the trademarks of others, and it has been removed from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. Please review the Content Policies and Business and Program Policies before you create or upload additional applications. Please note that violations may result in a suspension of your Android Market Publisher account, and may also result in actions, including possible suspension, taken against any associated Android Market publisher, AdSense, Google Checkout, or AdMob accounts.

Please note that we have included a text copy of the Infringement Notice we received for your reference.

If you have any further concerns about this issue, please address them directly to the complainant in the Infringement Notice provided below.

Regards,
The Android Market Team

Text Copy of Infringement Notice:
XXX@nytimes.com to XXX@google.com
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