Wednesday, January 9, 2013

'Westeros Map' is suspended on Google Play

Hi all,

We've just got an email from Google saying that 'Westeros Map' application activity was suspended due to copyright infringement notice from Random House. As we constantly said and as it is credited in app description, entire map is original and created by our gorgeous artist - Nataly Rekuz. All you have used 'Westeros Map' and seen that she created her own style and colors, only general contours are similar to book maps. That means any copyright violation notice is complete bullshit. There are tons of Game of Thrones related applications in Google Play but none of them was removed...

We've already sent request to Google with explanation about situation in hope they would restore access to the application via Google Play. For now - you can download 'Westeros Map' .apk for manual install with 'Download for Android' link.

Please make this story public, it may help us to return application to Google Play.

Thank you!
Westeros Map team

43 comments:

  1. Plase, can you post a link to the apk file or a secondary market, at least until the whole thing with Google doesn't settle down?

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    1. This is easily the best and most comprehensive Westeros map I have found, and it was amazingly helpful when reading the series, because the maps in the books just don't cut it. The detail and spatial construction of this map are terrific and blend the various regions very well. I just downloaded the .apk, and I just wanted to let you guys know that it looks and works great, and keep up the good work!

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  2. Give them hell! Your map is the best out there. Random House is just bitter that they couldn't do any better.

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  3. I am currently reading book 3 and some maps that I would expect in the book simply are not there! So they screwed the whole thing and want to blame others. Greedy fools!

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  4. Damn it! I really wanted to download this app ;/ I hope they will place it on Google Play again soon :<

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  5. That sucks. Lucky I downloaded the app before this happened! It's free, right? I would have thought distributing an original map would only be a copyright breach if you charged for it.

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    1. As long as we have images drawn by our own artist, even selling of such content is permitted by the US 'fair use' doctrine. If we'd sell images from GRRM books - it would be violation of his rights, but we have our own maps. Google applied the ban basing on what Random House lawyer told them, without comparison of our images versus book maps.

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  6. I was very disappointed about this event today. I really liked this app, its my favorite, i hope it returns back. Otherwise i'll totally download it from elsewhere..

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  7. so guys, where can we download new versions ?? i have android 4.2.1 and 2.0.5 westeros map and it closes immidiately after opening :/

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    1. Sorry for the delay but we're still waiting for Google response. If they wouldn't reply in few days we'll post direct link here in the blog.

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    2. that's ok.. but have you already solved the closing issue on 4.2.1 ?

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    3. I´m having the same closing issue on Jelly Bean 4.1.2

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    4. Same here on 4.2.1

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    5. Link to .apk is now available with 4.2.1 crash fixed.

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    6. New .apk file still not working on 4.2.1

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    7. It would be great if you trace device log with 'adb logcat' to let me know what exactly crashes your 4.2.1. I'm able to test app on 4.2 emulator only, so your help is appreciated. Google Play provided me with crash logs before suspension while integration of custom logger would take time.

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  8. Hi, I've googled (pardon my expression) some and found this link http://androidvnd.com/download.php?id=com.westeros.map . Your app can be directly downloaded from there! (I'm not sure about the version, date is 2012-12-20).

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  9. You can also download it from Amazon's Appstore (you'll need an Amazon Account):

    http://www.amazon.com/Sergey-Rekuz-Westeros-Game-Thrones/dp/B006X2CQKG

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    1. Yup, I've placed link to Westeros Map Amazon AppStore page at the blog right side.

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  10. I CAN'T download it in my country oh GOD, why can't you simply post a direct link here on your website ??? please do so asap, please

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    1. Holy entitlement Batman! The dev has spent a lot of time making this map. Instead of saying "Thanks', you are acting like a complete asshole.

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    2. cant download in my county either.. :(

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    3. You can download .apk now. Use 'Download for Android' link from the right column.

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  11. Those horrible cunts at Google dont think twice before removing apps from their store.

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  12. I loved this app and seems I was in luck because I just finished reading all 5 books at the end of last year. I cannot imagine my ASoIaF experience without it! I can't believe Google treated the app in such a ridiculous and unfair way. Certainly your city maps are amazing and nothing like what the books have. The map I got with my books was applicable to GoT but it sucked from there on. Your app was a life saver!

    However, I downloaded your new app from the Amazon store but it fails to start once again on 4.2.1. I hope you resolve the bugs and manage to get it back to Google Play.

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    1. What Android device do you use?

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    2. same here, I told you about it earlier and it seems that more people are having the same issue on 4.2.1 or 4.1.2.. btw, I also have Galaxy S2

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    3. Just to confirm: I´m using a Galaxy S2 with Jelly Bean too.

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  13. This is terrible! The app is fantastic! Why can't they get their facts straight? Sharing, hoping it'll do some good.

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  14. Sir, let me tell you that I LOVE your app. The map is accurate and informative, and the drawings are pure bliss. However, I'm an Android user, and I noticed that the iOS version has many more features (the coats of arms, the portraits of the protagonists, the different color style...): why don't you implement those in Android version too? I would really love'em, especially the CoAs...
    Again, congrats!

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  15. Love the app! Only complaint is the lack of characters, but I suppose it could be from painting the portraits being a hassle. Would love to see more! Mayhaps amoka would let you use his.

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  16. I have the same closing issue with android 4.2 samsung galaxy s2. i hope you will solve it soon.

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  17. De las mejores aplicaciones que hay en Google Play, y la retiran..... No me lo puedo creer.
    Esta aplicación es la responsable de que cada día acceda a Google Play para ir hasta " mis aplicaciones " para ver si hay nuevas actualizaciones con más detalles de mapas o alguna otra mejora.
    Me parece una lástima, y yo pienso que hay otras muchas aplicaciones que los señores de Google deberían plantearse de retirar del Google Play, antes que esta maravilla de mapa.

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  18. Sorry to hear about the app being removed. I was wondered why there hasn't been any updates lately, the I noticed it's missing from Google Play. The Play store has loads of ASoIaF crap, but this map is absolutely wonderful. I hope it returns.

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    1. We can't get any response from Google regarding restoration so the only way to install the app is .apk

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  19. Sorry to hear about what happened. Your map is by far the best one I've seen in the internet. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!

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  20. Hello,
    I'm so sorry about what happened ! Your map is the most beautiful, complete and useable one ! It is just perfect !
    I used the apk you provided to have it on my new phone (Nexus 4), and it is still the best one ever.

    By the way : I also have a Nexus 10, and I also installed the apk on it, but I obtain only the map without any name on it, and therefore no way to search for a place.
    Would it be possible for you to provide an apk that would work on the Nexus 10 ?
    Thanks a lot for your great work !
    Nathalie.

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  21. This is so sad.. This map is by far the most beautiful and comprehensive map out there and it is very helpful when I am reading/re-reading the books..

    Thanks a lot for making it available to us for free. Really sorry to hear what happened.

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  22. Sad to read about all of this, this is the best map application by far available for android. I used the app quite often the last year while I was reading A Dance with Dragons but now that I'm reading again A Game of Thrones I found that the labels on the map does not appear or just apear spots and vertical lines. I had automatic updates for this app so I don't know when this problem started.

    Could you please send me an old version to test? My email is rasief(at)gmail com. By the way I have a Titan 7010 tablet, thanks.

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