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The app had only been out three months, and already the creators of A Beautiful Mess were scrambling to deal with a big problem: clones, copycats, and rip-offs, as many as seven of them, crowding the search results in the App Store. The clones appeared to be legitimate, affiliated versions, yet as all the developers knew, they were anything but. The CEO of the company that created the original A Beautiful Mess called them “infuriating.”

How App Store grifters clone an overnight success to make a quick buck


It's because of people like this that we can't have nice things. The piracy bit at the end is a red herring though, don't pay attention to it.
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So what makes "A Beautiful Mess" so original? It's basically a copy of the million other clip-art photo editing apps out there already...
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So what makes "A Beautiful Mess" so original? It's basically a copy of the million other clip-art photo editing apps out there already...

Doesn't matter if the idea isn't original, as long as it's created using original programming, which the clones are not (see article portion about how they are made).
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At least it was pulled. But wow it's a shameless practice.
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So what makes "A Beautiful Mess" so original? It's basically a copy of the million other clip-art photo editing apps out there already...

Yeah this isn't about creating similar software, the clones mentioned here are literally using the same artwork and much of the same coding.
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It's a real shame..but that's why proper encryption and obfuscation are always a must when submitting apps
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it's a shameless practice.
Just shameless doh.gif
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