Today, TheNextWeb reports that Apple has improved several forms and tools on its site that developers or content producers can use to submit copyright claims for their new apps or content. The form to submit disputes based on apps is a brand new one.
In addition, Apple has introduced a new form called the “iTunes Content Dispute” tool that is for claims related to apps. Apple seems to be trying to make it easier for any claim of infringement by copycat apps to be submitted by developers. Copycat apps in the App Store have been an issue for a while now so it is good to see Apple doing something about it. The new form can be found here and states the following:
If you believe that an application available in the App Store violates your intellectual property rights, you can use this form to submit a claim to the App Store Legal Team.
Apps on the App Store are made available by third party providers. Once you have identified the app and described the alleged infringement on the following pages, we will respond via email with a reference number and will put you in direct contact with the provider of the disputed app. Any further contact with the App Store Legal team should be made via email and should include the reference number in the subject line.
After a claim is submitted, developers must enter their contact information. Apple then contacts both parties so that they can work together to resolve the dispute.
Apple has also updated the standard iTunes copyright infringement. The updated version offers much more clarity and detail and this is the tool for all other types of content that aren’t apps.