Mass DMCA takedowns by WhatsApp

If you are reading this, then is still alive (probably).

Wazapp, OpenWA, Yowsup and another 35 open source projects on Github which are in anyway related to WhatsApp have received a DMCA takedown notice and their repositories were disabled. Some projects have been there for more than a year. It seemed like only when developers figured out WhatsApp's newly updated protocol that they resorted to "Plan B", shoot them all down. So much for Openwhatsapp's initial (naive) goals.

Are they right in their claims? I'm no legal expert, but I'm not sure for example where Wazapp stands in all this. It does not have "WhatsApp" in its name, it carries a different icon, and doesn't contain code related to WhatsApp's service. You cannot it use it on its own since it's only a frontend to a separate library, written ground-up by myself. Or are they just being greedy?

They have done a good job gathering the whole list of WhatsApp-related open source projects, but I'm wondering though if the "attack" is only on open source projects, otherwise I'm interested to see what they are going to do about this.

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  1. Thaodan

    Thaodan on 02/13/2014 1:55 p.m. #

    Do you have backups? What do you want to do?

  2. Frikandel

    Frikandel on 02/19/2014 6:42 a.m. #

    Welp, this sucks :/
    I hope all project leaders move to hosting sources on their own websites (or on some underground Russian server, far away from the USA's reach).

    But then again, this should motivate more people to move their business to an open alternative (XMPP).

  3. Nik

    Nik on 02/19/2014 8:21 a.m. #

    I hope you file a counter-notice to WhatsApp's takedown notice. Section 1201(f) of the DMCA specifically allows the circumventing of any protections in order to analyze the working and to achieve interoperability. (Refer: You may face issues in the use of the name WhatsApp (as in OpenWhatsApp) but Yowsup and other APIs should remain alive !

  4. alex

    alex on 02/20/2014 4:58 a.m. #

    Well, today Whatsapp has been acquired by Facebook. Now?

  5. Iftikhar Ali

    Iftikhar Ali on 02/20/2014 5:48 a.m. #

    Well, this is disgusting behavior of WhatsApp... Just give it a short by marketing your own product in comparison of whatsapp.. This is the normal behavior of the giants to do not succeed the newer one.

  6. Serious

    Serious on 02/20/2014 8:41 a.m. #

    the problem is the trademark. Thats the reason Seamonkey is the clone of Firefox. Don't call the product openwhatsapp and never refer to them.

    CentOS, a clone of Redhat OS always said in their documentation "that upstream provider". They never said the name, which is important.

  7. laue

    laue on 02/25/2014 3 a.m. #

    Any new Project-Location? A HTTP tar.gz is fine. o.O

  8. Ivan Ip

    Ivan Ip on 02/26/2014 9:45 a.m. #

    Humm, seems got something fishy in my mailbox, email me if interested in what's in that secret ZIP. Maybe something python, with some API interface, but "have no idea what that is". :D My email: m-at-lifeho-dot-me


    MOHAMMED on 02/26/2014 11:30 a.m. #


  10. Pasindu

    Pasindu on 02/26/2014 12:47 p.m. #

    Does anyone have the help doc backed up?

  11. Aman Shams

    Aman Shams on 02/28/2014 4:31 a.m. #

    yeah any one have help doc backup ?

    <a href = "">whatsapp spy tool</a>

  12. Azan

    Azan on 03/03/2014 11:41 a.m. #

    heyy will u plzz help mee..
    i got a problem in wazapp.
    i downloaded it but when i entered my number. so it's giving some error . like old_Version. :(

  13. yo

    yo on 03/05/2014 1:53 a.m. #

    use bluestacks mate
    download program, install whatsapp, enter phone number, enter verification code into your app on the phone

  14. PD

    PD on 03/05/2014 3:10 p.m. #

    Will this affect the current version of Wazapp? I'm afraid of it will stopping working in the near future because of this recent facebook hoopla. Say it ain't so!

  15. mwaqhavelli

    mwaqhavelli on 03/05/2014 3:45 p.m. #

    Tarek, you have made this world alittle better place, i wish there was any way i can save your hard work of true geniusness with lack of greddiness that this multi billion dollar companys display. you are a true genius and because of people like you this world still holds its balance.

  16. Bb

    Bb on 03/06/2014 1:45 p.m. #

    Hi Tarek and folks,

    Contact syncing has been down for quite a while now.
    I'm a convinced N9 and Linux user and really worry about the OpenWhatsapp project. Is there a hope you handle the trouble and let the project survive? And till then, does anyone now, how to circumvent the contact syncing problem?

    Best, Bb

  17. Dennis

    Dennis on 03/06/2014 5 p.m. #

    Plesse contact me, if you have a backup of the documentation!

    dennis.paul97 [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Arnold

    Arnold on 03/09/2014 1:51 a.m. #

    Please help me my wazapp cant sync contacts is it that it wasnt installed properly or its the developers errors. There are no contacts to start a chat

  19. Raj

    Raj on 03/27/2014 9:39 p.m. #

    Hey! It seems like yowsup, wazapp and a bunch of other repos are back online! Awesome news!

  20. chiwa

    chiwa on 03/28/2014 7:45 a.m. #

    please help my wazap cant sync contacts there no contacts to start a chat

  21. Maria

    Maria on 04/02/2014 12:10 p.m. #

    Where can I <a href="">download whatsapp</a>?. I need the new version

  22. Alex

    Alex on 05/10/2014 10:40 a.m. #

    It is working again! Hurray Facebook (that I will ever say that) ;)


    LINEAKS on 05/12/2014 8:38 p.m. #

    i have been trying to install the wazapp. but its not installing. each time after installation it gives the warning "failed,server said: old version " i tried by putting the activation code form bluestack but no success. i have tried various version mentioned below

    all my effort for installation of wazapp have been failing. i need you help. i looked all option on web blow, etc tried complete purge , auto remove from x terminal but no success.
    looking forward for your suggestion

  24. ayesha

    ayesha on 05/19/2014 4:23 p.m. #

    Someone please help me . My wazapp does not work i have been trying to register for the past few days i tried the bliestacks way it aslo does not work please help meee

  25. Fernanda

    Fernanda on 06/12/2014 5:41 p.m. #

    No funciona mas mi wazzap ni whatsup en Nokia N9. Hay alguna solucion? Gracias

  26. vartan

    vartan on 06/14/2014 2:52 p.m. #

    hi, I downloaded Wazzap to N9, and I'm using the website that asks for your phone number to get a code. But every time I enter the code, it says "failed old version". Will there be a resolution, or is N9 forever without Whatsapp henceforth?

  27. Magnu

    Magnu on 06/25/2014 6:31 p.m. #


    I'm using Wazapp 0.9.22 and get the same error as others; 'fail_reason: old version'. Is there any solution?

  28. garss

    garss on 07/04/2014 2 a.m. #

    I'm using Wazapp 0.9.22 and get the same error as others; 'fail_reason: old version'. Any help?

  29. Wish

    Wish on 07/09/2014 6:41 a.m. #

    Those having registration problem please follow these instructions carefully:
    Connect your N9 with net
    Activate Developer mode
    Install Wazapp 0.9.22 and no need to open
    Now install WazappPath from
    Now open Wazapp and proceed registration
    Close Developer mode and Wazapp
    Now install Whatsup 0.3.4b
    Open it and use "Import Profile of Wazapp"
    Restart it and see if it works
    Now remove Wazapp 0.9.22 from your N9
    Save Config file for future use.

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