Google announced today that it is taking the lead in investigating and prosecuting developers of new apps for copyright infringement.
It has begun investigating developers for allegedly selling apps in China, India, and the United States that infringe on intellectual property rights, and it has also begun an investigation into those developers for selling Android apps that are “in violation of a Google policy or guidelines,” according to the company.
The company says that it will work closely with law enforcement to determine whether any violations occurred.
The new policy applies to all new apps created by developers in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and other jurisdictions.
The policy will also apply to apps that were developed for use in the Philippines, which Google says is a “high priority” in the investigation.
“The enforcement action will be a coordinated effort by Google’s legal teams and will involve multiple agencies across the company, including the Digital Economy Unit, the Intellectual Property Unit, and Google’s international technology partners,” the company said in a blog post today.
Google will also work with local law enforcement in countries where it has previously investigated apps for piracy.
Google says that in the past two years, the company has taken action against more than 100,000 developers, and that “this new enforcement policy will increase our ability to tackle serious and widespread cases of copyright infringement.”
In an effort to ensure that the policy applies equally to all Android apps, Google will be requiring developers to sign a code of conduct to prohibit copyright infringement in the app.
The developers are expected to sign this code before their apps can be released.
Google said it will also start “targets for infringement” in all countries where apps are sold, and will require them to make a payment to the Google Play Store for a $1,000 fine.
Developers of Android apps will also be subject to Google’s new guidelines for making money from Google Play in the future.
Google has already made a few moves in recent months against developers of apps that include copyrighted works.
Earlier this month, Google banned developers of a popular gaming platform from selling Android games in the US and blocked its developer from selling apps with Android games, and in October it removed apps that allowed users to play online games.
In addition, Google announced last month that it had begun taking legal action against developers who violate copyright, including by making money off of apps without permission.
Google also plans to continue to work with developers of third-party apps to get them to remove copyrighted material and to make payments to Google for that material, according to a blog from the company today.
In a blog this morning, Google said that it would also be investigating and publishing information about users of its Play Store, including their IP addresses.
Google does not expect to begin publishing the information about IP addresses until at least February, when it plans to issue an update to the App Store and to provide additional tools to help developers enforce their rights.
Google is also taking steps to encourage more developers to comply with the policy.
Google wants developers to use the new policy and the new HelpCenter to ensure compliance with its copyright policy.
“This new policy is an important first step to strengthen the enforcement of Google’s policies in a way that makes it easier for Google to target and prosecute copyright infringement, and to help ensure that Android apps remain free from copyright infringement,” Google said in its blog post.
“In addition to its existing Play Developer program, Google is working with the app industry to create a new and streamlined Play Developer account that will provide a better way for developers to distribute and distribute Google apps without worrying about being blocked by Google or Google Play.”
The new copyright policy comes as Google has been working to combat piracy in the Android ecosystem.
Earlier today, Google released an update of its Google Play Developer Portal, which allows developers to add apps to their Google Play store.
Google’s efforts to fight piracy are expected play a larger role in the ongoing investigation into app developers.
As part of the investigation, Google says it will begin working with other tech companies to find more developers willing to sign up for a new app developer account.
“Google is looking to work closely and collaboratively with our partners in the industry, including App Annie, to help bring more developers into the Play Developer Network,” Google says in its statement.
“We are also continuing to develop and support App Annie’s developer program.
We will continue to monitor and improve the developer registration process, and we will work with App Annie to ensure app developers are able to sign in with their existing accounts.”
Google’s move comes just days after Apple announced a similar policy aimed at cracking down on pirated software, and earlier this month Apple began taking a more proactive approach against copyright infringement on iOS.
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