joined:May 1, 2018
I have found that a scammer has created an Android app for my website without explicitly asking for my permission. This scammer has embedded my website in a webview (android library to load standalone webpages) and on top of that he is loading his own admob ads. This is not a proper native android app in itself specifically, just a wrapper to load my website in webview. The app just looks like a website loaded in web browser.
Now the problem is: It is against adsense policies to embed websites in webview (think iframe) and show adsense ads in it. What if tomorrow Google or automated adsense bots ban my account for breaking policies? I have no fault in this.
I have already sent multiple emails to the developers requesting them to remove the app, they are not replying. I have also reported this app many times in last two months to Google via play store form, but no action has been taken yet. This developer is a true scammer and has created similar apps for other websites as well.
If a website copies my content and adsense ad code, I can mark it as "unverified" in adsense dashboard to avoid misuse. However, this guy has created an app with my own website's root URL and I can't mark it as unverified.
I just don't understand how Google is allowing these kinds of apps in Play Store? Ironically, I created an Android app for my website a while back and it was rejected. The play store team stated the reason being I am not the true owner of the website. So I had to freaking prove ownership of my own website and they reinstated the app. In this case, a third party developer has embedded my website in full glory and it has been accepted, no questions asked, no rejections.
What to do in this situation? I cannot DMCA because I have tech news website. There is nothing like original artwork, images or other original content to claim copyright. Most of the information is available freely on other websites as well.