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I used an icon of Microsoft Notepad (taken from Wikipedia) as the icon for a free Notepad application Fast Notepad in Google Play. It probably was beneficial for the community, as it had no ads, and many users could use it for education, and they accepted it with a high rating of 4.7. But currently it is suspended by Google Play, presumably because of the icon. So legal permissions for the image need to be discussed to handle copyright issues.

If the app is reinstated for a short time, so I can change the icon to another, this will be the desired result. I have not yet filed an appeal (the owner of a suspended app can send a proof of their rights, but only once).

Is there a means to contact Microsoft legal department or similar on this issue or another way of solving the problem? Any information would help.

  • 1. Just because Wikipedia uses an image doesn't mean you may use it in your app. It doesn't matter whether or not your app has ads and it doesn't matter if it is beneficial to the community. 2. Did Google Play actually say the icon was a problem? Maybe there are other issues as well. – Brandin Sep 23 '18 at 8:53
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Yes

Best is to call them and let them guide you to the right department.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/contact.aspx

In reality you can give up. They will never ever give you the permission to use the icon, even if you'd pay for it.

Why? Because as soon they give the permission to someone others will try to use it too and their legal stand would be more difficult since they softenend the use rights of that icon/intellectual property, opening doors for people who copy without thinking of the legal implications and scammers.

EDIT: To add; As far I know you're not allowed to take stuff from wikipedia without noticing them/linking to them. That your app is free also doesn't matters. Maybe you're even showing ads in your app giving it a commercial goal.

  • Thanks, will try it. Also edited to make clear this app was ad-free. – Alexander Vlasov Sep 21 '18 at 21:01
  • @AlexanderVlasov please let us know about the outcome. – Swizzler Sep 21 '18 at 22:43

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