The WaniKani Android app by xip has been stolen?


#1

I was just looking through the Playstore for a new app to learn Kanji since xip will not update his own app further and stumbled upon an app named “Wanikandroid”. It looks exactly like his, has the same version number and thanks the same people in the about tab. It was last updated 8 days ago.
Does xip know about this and if not, can I report that?

(Also, what is the best android app to learn right now? :slight_smile: )


#2

Best app to leaen kanji is wanikani :slight_smile:


#3

I believe he means what app which has been built for WaniKani. Not any random app.

As for the app referenced, is it a copy of this one?


That was updated in January. Has the dev since stated they will no longer update?
The one you say might be stolen looks very similar alright.

Here is the app I use (although it hasn’t been updated since 2015 so you probably won’t be interested :smiley:)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wanikani.androidnotifier


#4

Yes, that’s the original one. The Author has stated on this forum that he’ll only bug fix his app and not feature update it anymore, in a recent post here: [Client App] WaniKani for Android

That’s the one copying his:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tr.xip.wanikandroid

Sadly, your link leads me nowhere :frowning:


#5

I found the app in the “My Apps” section of google play, it may not be listed in the store anymore :confused:


#6

Where do you live. The error says "Sorry! This content is not available in your country yet."
But it looks like some good old sideloading may do the trick.
https://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/?id=com.wanikani.androidnotifier


#7

Hello, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have filed a report to Google.


#8

Copyright © 2017 İhsan Işık

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

Doesn’t the license you selected on Github give them the right to copy it??


#9

With appropriate notices, if anything. What they did was basically steal the work without any kind of copyright notice or source disclosure. See for quick info: https://choosealicense.com/licenses/gpl-3.0

At the end of the day though, this was a miss on my part. I didn’t put enough thought into licensing my work until now. Will be licensing differently from now on. Maybe I should go with this?


#10

Yeah. Regardless of the license, it’s not cool to just copy something and not notify the original creator.


#11

My limited understand of GNL is they can copy it without attribution, but their copy is also GNU…so anyone else can also copy the copy.

Which if your not trying to make money, then I wouldn’t worry too much about the license.

A more proper thing they should have done is fork your repo and then attribute you.


#12

Cool, thanks for that. I live in Germany.

@xip No problem, I would’ve actually liked if someone took up your work and expanded on it since it’s my favorite learning app, if only so I could get my requested font size option :stuck_out_tongue:
But copying it down to the version number seems extremely scummy and not trustful at all, license problems aside.