What to do When Blackberry KIKs You to the Curb
Anyone who has sold through AppWorld and read its vendor terms can tell you that (like most distribution channels) RIM has reserved for itself the right to remove products from its storefront when it sees fit. However, actually exercising that right and removing apps like KIK can raise anti-competitive issues. If I were KIK, I'd be asking my lawyers, does RIM's leveraging of its rights as a distributor to remove a possible competitive threat to Rim's own Blackberry messaging constitute an unfair trade practice?
This kind of issue has already become the subject of a wave of litigation in the US -take a look, for example, at Skyhook Wireless' September lawsuit against Google (more later on this one). Stay tuned.