Dec 14 2017

Coffee fortune-telling app banned over copyright violation

A popular coffee fortune-telling mobile application has been banned in Turkey over copyright violation, opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

The application Falcı Bacı, meaning “fortune-telling elder sister”, used trademarked graphics from a popular rival without permission, the court ruled, ordering that the app be prevented from being downloaded on Google Play.

Some 700,000 people have downloaded the mobile app, which allowed users to take photos of their Turkish coffee cups after drinking and – for a small fee – send them in for a fortune analysis.

The app from which the artwork was taken – Kaave Falı – has a similar commercial modus operandi.