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Would like to edit an old android app, is this ok?

Discussion in 'Android Mobile Devices' started by mattig89ch, Jun 26, 2018.

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  1. mattig89ch

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    Hello all,

    I've only just discovered an app called the sci scanner. Here's a demonstraion of the app: .

    Now, as far as I can tell, this app was on google play. But it rubbed right up against the star trek licence. As a result, google took it down just to be safe.

    I reached out to the official group on facebook, and they said it was no longer being supported. Still, I found an old APK of the app in question. And it worked! It just won't let you buy a licence w/out google play.

    So, since the creator seems to have abandoned the app, I would like to pick it up and make some changes to it. for my own use. I have no intention of selling it, or even giving it away.

    First of all, is this ok? Becuase I would, absolutely buy it, if I could find a place to get a licenese. But there doesn't seem to be a place to do that.
     
  2. AmateurJohn

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    Ask the original owner for those permissions and explain what you would like to do.
     
  3. mattig89ch

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    I've tried to ask for permission, I even tried asking if there was a way I could pay for the app to be unlocked on their facebook page. I got a reply saying that the owner was no longer working on it, as there wasn't really a way to get it onto google play any longer.
     
  4. AmateurJohn

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    Hmm, so it is not be claimed, it was abandoned. You purely just want to tinker with it for yourself? And not sell it, or distribute it?
     
  5. mattig89ch

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    exactly!

    I just don't know about the legal ramifications. My first instinct is to say it should be fine, but I wanted to double check.
     
  6. AmateurJohn

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    Well, just as long as you keep it for yourself it is probably fine.
     
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