Chinese “Instagram knockoff” which was removed from app stores last week after being exposed for ripping off its logo has reemerged this week with a logo that’a bit less of a rip-off.
Named Oasis, or Lüzhou (绿洲) in Chinese, the photo-centric app was launched by Weibo, aka China’s Twitter, for public testing last Monday. Two days later, a Weibo user noted the striking similarity between Oasis’s logo and an image created by South Korean design firm Studio Fnt for the country’s Ulju Mountain Film Festival in 2015.
The user tagged Weibo CEO Wang Gaofei in the post. Wang soon commented back and the app was quietly removed from stores.
The following day, Oasis issued a statement on its official Weibo account, apologizing to the design firm, admitting that its designers had been “inspired” by the firm’s design, and declaring that it had reached out to the company to resolve any copyright issues.
It’s unclear how those talks went but Oasis has returned to app stores this week with a new logo design that looks pretty much the same, only with a few triangles.
And just like that, Oasis has moved to the top of the free download list on some app stores. Instagram itself remains blocked in China, leaving lots of room for domestic alternatives to take off.