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    My learnings of google's IP infrigement blanket ban.. Public Domain means nothing to

    Hello, so first, let me explain.. I managed to rack up 3 strikes in 5 years and I was banned for life several months ago. This is easier than it seems, but I digress. So check this out.. my last strike was for IP infringement, and I got the standard canned message that covers almost anything. I appeal stating that all images are in public domain and provide a comprenhisive list of every image used in the app and it's respective source and liscenece. About 12 hours later, I get a canned response denying the appeal and basically telling me to **** off.

    Fast foward to yesterday.. I'm republishing the same app that got suspended for 'IP infrigement' with the same public domain icon that it was published with 5 years ago.

    This gets weird:
    1) App is accepted on first try
    2) App is rejected when trying to update the description (description only, and not images, etc)
    3) I scrutinize the screenshots, and remove an image that might not be PD, resubmit
    4) Update is rejected again citing IP infringement.
    5) I change the icon, which was well known public domain work
    6) accepted

    It looks like Google does not know what public domain is, and the first person that uses a famous historical image (at least for an icon) is the only one that can do so. They will auto-ban subsequent users of the public domain icon.


    Let's talk about public domain for a bit.. I'm talking about things like:
    1) Mona Lisa
    2) Abe Lincoln Portraits
    3) Any work taken by a U.S. service person taken or made as part of that person's official duties

    These things belong to humanity, not the first developer to use it!

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    What was that icon? Some images on openclipart despite stating they are public domain show trademarked elements like logos of companies etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnesus View Post
    What was that icon? Some images on openclipart despite stating they are public domain show trademarked elements like logos of companies etc.
    A portrait of a well known historical figure produced over 200 yers ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Conner View Post
    A portrait of a well known historical figure produced over 200 yers ago.
    Try appeal to Google?

    Btw, Mona Lisa is available under public domain. But if you using modified/derived version of it, it could be copyrighted. See more on Public Domain Trouble Spots - Copyright Overview by Rich Stim - Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center - Public Domain Works That Are Modified

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    Quote Originally Posted by shuiwo View Post
    Try appeal to Google?

    Btw, Mona Lisa is available under public domain. But if you using modified/derived version of it, it could be copyrighted. See more on Public Domain Trouble Spots - Copyright Overview by Rich Stim - Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center - Public Domain Works That Are Modified
    Yes, I appealed and got the standard canned denial. As far as I know, the image was not modified (I didn't copy anyone's fancy border or anything). The image is nearly square to begin with, so I just put a thin border around it and resized it to 512x512. There was no croping (There would be with Mona Lisa) that would skew a perceptual hash.

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