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Songs.pk Listed As An Android Market App; Why Is Google Soft On Music Piracy Apps?

Songs.pk a website that reportedly offers pirated music for download, is now listed as a mobile app on the Android Market. In fact, at the time of writing this post, the app ranks number 2 on Android Market’s Top Free chart. Nothing new since the Market is flooded with free mp3 downloader apps that feature file links to music, but we wonder why Google has so far not taken any action to weed out these apps, specially, when at times, these link to malware. 

  

The Android Market Developer Content Policies, categorically mention that :

” A developer’s application shouldn’t contain content that displays (via text, images, video, or other media) or links to:

  • Illegal content
  • Invasions of personal privacy or violations of the right of publicity
  • Content that interferes with the functioning of any services of other parties
  • Promotions of hate or incitement of violence
  • Violations of intellectual property rights, including patent, copyright (see DMCA policy), trademark, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party
  • Any material not suitable for persons under 18
  • Pornography, obscenity, nudity, or sexual activity”

The Songs.pk app is nothing but just a placeholder for market links to the developer’s other apps and a web link to the Songs.pk website. So clearly the intent of the developer is to get some quick publicity through the app, since the website is popular in India (It even features in the Opera Mini Top 10 mobile sites till Oct 2011). We tried the app and found that it also displays ads in the Android’s drop down notification panel, so it appears that it installs some kind of malware/adware. The app has been developed by Durrani Software Labs, a Latur, Maharashtra based company. At the time of writing this post, their official website was down, however the company does have a Facebook page.

Why is the Android Market acting soft when it comes to curbing apps that clearly violate its own policies? Or is it the fact that it wants to get ahead in the numbers race by all means, even if it has to compromise with user safety and IPR violations?

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