How to ensure iPhone news aggregator app is included in the App Store?
April 16, 2010 11:45 AM Subscribe
My iPhone news reader app was rejected from the App Store for what looks like copyright reasons. What should I do to get it accepted after all?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's a basic news reader app that monitors RSS feeds from news sources and displays the headlines along with the source name and a short description (up to 420 characters). You still have to visit the news source's site to read the actual article.
In this respect it is similar in functionality to various apps already available in the App Store, such as Fluent News, Notice News Aggregator, Broadersheet and I suppose many others. It's basically an RSS reader with pre-selected feeds.
The review team didn't specifically mention copyright to me but phrased it as such: "[We] cannot post your application because it appears to contain features, namely, content, that bear a resemblance to well-known third-parties [sic]" and then goes on to list a couple of the news sources monitored in my app.
I understand that the legality of some kinds of news aggregator implementations is debatable, but I feel I have a credible claim to fair use for this specific app. After all, I'm driving traffic to the sites, I don't actually offer the content but for a title and short description, etc.
Do you have any tips as to which steps I could take to make sure the app is published after all? Any angle I should pursue with Apple to get them to see my side? Have any of the developers among you encountered a similar situation and have any advice to share? Finally, what resources are there on the internet for people in my situation?
Thank you very much in advance for any help and/or insight.