A tricorder for Android.
CBS killed it again -- no idea why, as they now have no legitimate copyright claim, but in these United States of America, that doesn't matter any more.
good news: Thanks to the hard work and bravery of Kenneth Lakin, Tricorder is back up in the Android Market. It has a new package name, so effectively it's a new app, so you will have to download it from scratch.
The app is here:
Sorry Tricorder fans, Tricorder has been deleted from the Android Market by Google, at the demand of CBS's legal weasels. This all happened without any discussion or warning -- I was simply notified after the fact.
Since I don't have legal weasels of my own, or the time to deal with this, that's it for Tricorder.
It's apparently the graphical design that's at issue, not the name. According to Wikipedia, "Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name". Now that GR is dead, I guess CBS believes they own swoopy curves.
This is the notification I got:
Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that your application(s) allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. The details of the application(s) in question may be found at the end of this message. Please note that we have attached a copy of the original notice we received for your reference.
The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. We are in the process of removing the materials that allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. See http://www.educause.edu/Browse/645?PARENT_ID=254 for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/dmca.html for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.
Google can reinstate these materials into Android Market upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. For more information about the requirements of a counter notification, and a link to a sample counter notification, see http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=lr_counternotice&product=androidmarket
Also, please note that notices concerning content in your app may result in action taken against any associated AdSense or AdMob accounts and repeated violations may result in a suspension of your Android Market Publisher account.
If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel. If you have any other questions about this notification, please let us know.
The affected application is listed below:
firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com Reply - More info Aug 23 Options AutoDetectedBrowser: Internet Explorer 7 AutoDetectedOS: Windows XP IIILanguage: en IssueType: lr_dmca Language: en agree1: checked agree: checked android_app_developer_1: Moonblink android_app_name_1: Tricorder android_app_url_1: https://market.android.com/details?id=org.hermit.tricorder companyname: CBS country_residence: US description_of_copyrighted_work: LCARS graphical user interface dmca_signature: Lxxxxxxn dmca_signature_date_day: 23 dmca_signature_date_month: 8 dmca_signature_date_year: 2011 full_name: Lxxxxxxn hidden_product: androidmarket location_of_copyrighted_work: LCARS graphical user interface, an example of which can be viewed at the URL below: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-trek-padd/id446277240?mt=8 represented_copyright_holder: CBS Studios Inc.