If you haven’t heard of the “Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop” meme you can catch up on it here. I’m not going to touch the political or social implications of the event because this is an iphone related blog but as a developer I felt it was screaming out for its own app Since I have a pretty decent line up of meme related apps under my belt I felt that I should tackle it.
On November 22 (just 4 days after the actual pepper spray event happened @ UC Davis) I submitted my original version of the CPSEC (Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop) App for review to Apple’s App Store. After 19 days and 2 “This App requires Additional Time for Review” emails it became apparent to me that in it’s current state the CPSEC App was not going to see the light of day in the App Store.
Common sense and experience should have told me that submitting an app that contained a copyrighted image was not going to fly but in my haste to beat out the competition I went ahead and submitted anyway. Well, I learned my lesson the hard way and after loosing a lot of time I resubmitted the app using stock images. I believe I did a really good job creating the substitute images. Take a look at the main example below:
Now you can create your own pepper spray cop mashup photos without expensive graphic design software
** Features **
– Over a dozen different poses
– Different spray types & catch phrases
– Facebook & Twitter Sharing
Add the infamous pepper spray cop to any of your photos or even take a new one and drop him in. Then share your creations with all your friends on Facebook & Twitter. *Notice to iPod Touch Users: You CAN still use this app (even without the camera!) No problem, you just can’t take any new pics but YOU CAN do Everything else iPhone users can.
Will my changes be enough to pass Apple’s rigorous review process? That remains to be seen. Will users still want to use an app to create Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop Mashup Photos without using the original images? That remains to be seen as well.