Fwd: Updated Morcombe app

To: "birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Fwd: Updated Morcombe app
From: Peter & Bev Morgan <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2012 11:03:15 +1000
Forwarding a lengthy comment on this from my son who uses the app on his 
iPhone.  The third para raises the question of piracy which is possible with 
Android devices, and the last asks if the problems have been with them.

Peter Morgan

Begin forwarded message:

> From: John Morgan <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Updated Morcombe app
> Date: 3 June 2012 10:12:37 AM AEST
> To: Peter Morgan <>
> I’ve never experienced this and never heard of it.  I also read through the 
> itunes reviews and no one has reported this as a problem there.  You should 
> ask if people could post a screenshot of the failure to validate notification 
> (press home & power buttons simultaneously & look in the photo app).
> The report sounds odd because there is no reason for a developer to validate 
> a license on the iphone/ipad.  This would be an anti-piracy measure, to 
> ensure a legitimately purchased app is being used, not a pirated app.  But 
> piracy on iOS is essentially non-existant, because apps are only available 
> from Apple’s app store, and can only be loaded onto devices by the App Store 
> app or iTunes on a pc.  You can’t move apps from one device to another, or 
> download from a website or other non-Apple source.  (You can do this by 
> jailbreaking the device which allows app copying and hence piracy.  But the 
> small number of users who bother to do this is is not commercially 
> interesting to developers, and are not worth the expense of coding anti 
> piracy measures or inconveniencing the legitimate users for.)  So I’ve never 
> heard of an iOS app requiring a license validation.  For instance, I use a 
> password manager (OnePassword) which is available on the mac and also the 
> iPhone/iPad.  The mac application requires a validated user license, but 
> there is no license needed for the iPhone app.
> However, the Morecombe app is also available on the Android store, where 
> piracy is a problem.  Pirated apps can be (and are) placed in the Android 
> store, and Android devices can also install apps from other sources, so 
> developers on Android do need to consider this, especially for an expensive 
> app like Morecombe.
> So I wonder if the reports of an offline license validation problem are 
> coming from users on Android devices.  Can you confirm this with someone who 
> has experienced the problem?
> john


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