Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
On March 12, 2015, our apps stopped showing on the Google Play App Store.
Many of you are aware of the troubles we are currently facing with Google Play. For now, we have determined to not return to Google Play App Store for at least 6 months. We will then make a decision on whether or not to bring our apps back to Google Play. In the meantime, please use the Amazon Appstore to download our apps. Most Android come with Amazon Appstore pre-installed.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
This is in regards to the recent rejection of the Saints Media app that Google has failed to update
Earlier in today, we alerted everyone about the fact that Google had wronged us once again. After one whole day, they have replied to us, and never the less, they have told us to read the information in the email that was sent to us earlier for information regarding why it was rejected. However, this has been done multiple times, and has been confirmed by multiple sources that Google has no right to reject the app, for it is NOT in violation of any section in the Developer Distribution Agreement. Christopher, CEO and President of SEGMA Entertainment, has been informed of this news and has announced that he is contacting Google Play personally by his own means of communication. He has made a promise, Google will not engage or encourage others to accuse others for something not done.
A follow up of the matter will be posted once Google Play is contacted.
After a month from a battle with Google Play, our app (Saints Media) was once again REJECTED to update to version 5.0. Today, on March 1st, 2015, Google Play decided to use the same reason as last time to accuse SEGMA Entertainment and Saint Master's Studio of violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.
This time, we are not backing down from the stand. The words directly from Christopher, CEO and President of SEGMA Entertainment, is as follows:
"I will not sit here and let Google tell me that I have wronged my app, and that I have violated a section in their agreement that was clearly never violated. We had proved to them the past 2 times with visual proof and even a walk through on what the app does, however, the continue to falsely accuse us, and this is not acceptable under any condition. For this reason, I have contacted Google by email, and expect a response by the end of today. If not, I will personally contact them by my own means of communication, and will argue all my rights until they realize that they are incorrect for their actions."
SEGMA Entertainment will update the public with any further news if necessary.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
On January 30, 2015, Google Play Accused the Saints Media app of violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Policy
We received this email from Google Play:
Pay attention to the parts we have bolded...
"This is a notification that your application, Saints Media, with package ID com.diy2app.saintsmedia, has been removed from the Google Play Store.
REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.
After a regular review, we have determined that your app downloads, monetizes, or otherwise accesses YouTube videos in violation of the YouTube Terms of Service or YouTube API Terms of Service. Accessing content, a product, or service in an unauthorized manner is a violation of the Developer Distribution Agreement, and is not allowed on Google Play."
So we went ahead and looked at section 4.4...
Section 4.4 reads as follows:
Make sure to pay attention to the bolded text...
"4.4 Prohibited Actions. You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Store, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Store to sell or distribute Products outside of the Store." -Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement
So let's talk about the first bold, interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner.
Our app only allows viewers to watch videos we make. It notifies when we've uploaded a video. This in no way is able to damage anything what so ever.
Let's look at the next bold, customer information obtained.
First off, our app doesn't collect any information from our users. There is no login required, forms, or surveys. It's an app where they watch our videos. That's it.
So we did go and look at the YouTube API Policy, just like the email said.
This is what we found: (Pay attention the the text that we bolded)
"Our API Client will not, and You will not encourage or create functionality for Your users or other third parties to:
collect or modify any YouTube user account information;
interfere or attempt to interfere in any manner with the proper workings of the YouTube API, or create or distribute any API Client that adversely affects the functionality or performance of YouTube or services provided by YouTube;
circumvent or render ineffective any geographical restrictions, including IP address-based restrictions;
sell, lease, lend, convey, redistribute, or sublicense to any third party all or any portion of the YouTube API or API Data (except that You may distribute and display the YouTube audiovisual content and accompanying metadata to Your users through Your API Client in a manner that complies with this Agreement);
modify or replace the text, images, or other content of the YouTube search results, including (i) changing the order in which search results are presented as YouTube search results, or (ii) intermixing sources other than YouTube when search results are presented as YouTube search results;
modify, replace or otherwise disable the functioning of links to YouTube or third-party websites provided in the YouTube search results or otherwise provided through the YouTube API or YouTube player;
modify, replace, interfere with or block advertisements placed by YouTube in the YouTube Data, YouTube audiovisual content, or the YouTube player;
separate, isolate, or modify the audio or video components of any YouTube audiovisual content made available through the YouTube API;
promote separately the audio or video components of any YouTube audiovisual content made available through the YouTube API;
access any portion of any YouTube audiovisual content by any means other than use of a YouTube player or other video player expressly authorized by YouTube;
store copies of YouTube audiovisual content;
use the YouTube API intentionally to encourage or promote copyright infringement or the exploitation of copyright-infringing materials;
misrepresent your identity when registering for use of the YouTube API, use the developer credentials licensed to a different individual or entity, or mask Your usage of the YouTube API; or
use a video player smaller than the minimum video player size set forth in the YouTube API documentation and specifications." -YouTube API Terms of Service
So look at the first bold, (except that You may distribute and display the YouTube audiovisual content and accompanying metadata to Your users through Your API Client in a manner that complies with this Agreement)
The videos that were on our app were embedded using the Embed Code, that YouTube Provides for each video anyone uploads, to the public for sharing videos on other websites. If this is considered a violation, then YouTube is literally giving us the tools to violate the policy.
Let's talk about the second bold, other than use of a YouTube player or other video player expressly authorized by YouTube.
The embedded HTML codes that YouTube provides is obviously authorized BY YouTube, if they're the ones that provide the codes. That's pretty plain and simple.
Let's move on the the third bold, use the YouTube API intentionally to encourage or promote copyright infringement or the exploitation of copyright-infringing materials.
The videos that were on the app, were videos that were also created by us. There is no Copyright infringement if we're the ones that created the videos. Unless this means that Google is trying to claim our videos as theirs, which is a Copyright infringement on their part, then no violation is being done.
So as all that is stated above, we have proven that Google has made a very big mistake, and we still await an apology for their wrong doings. After being wrongly accused of a violation we DID NOT COMMIT, we still have not received any apology.
Here is a message from Christopher, the Creator and President of SEGMA Entertainment:
"SEGMA Entertainment and my Channel are not to blame for the removal of our app. Google Play made a wrong move, we've contacted them, I've contacted them, and yet, they still have the nerves to disrespect my work, SEGMA Entertainment's work, and my channel. I blame only Google Play for this problem, and any other problems that arise from Saints Media regarding the removal. The referenced Terms of Service and Policies were reviewed, and we have come to a conclusion, that the mistake was not on our hands, but solely on Google. I will not try to make any further communication with them on this matter, because they have refused any further arguments on the matter, and are being uncooperative. My final decision is made, Google wrongly accused us, I have no further words on this matter."
Google, the ball is in your court. Make your move.
Friday, November 21, 2014
We would like to announce that we are applying a "Hear Hack, Say Hack" policy. This means any evidence of anyone being hacked online, whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google/YouTube, or any online account, it will be reported to the Online Security Agency, and the hacker(s) will have to deal with Federal Personal and will face a fee up to $1,000.
We hope that this policy will reduce the amount of online hacking activity. If you have evidence of someone being hacked, please report it to us with any of our given contact information.