Over the years I have created a danish app, that collects and show users crime/police related news in Denmark.
The app is free and I make money through a banner ad at the top. Not much money, still enough to pay for my yearly Xamarin licenses for instance
Last release were a year ago or so.
So far, this entire app, and all the services behind it, collecting data etc. have been closed source.
Later this year, I'm planning to start up on version 3 of this app, and will be rewriting the entire thing more or less from the ground up. I really enjoy and like open-source (especially Github), the whole idea of others devs being able to help out via pull-request, report bugs and the fact that other devs can look at my code and learn from it - or maybe suggest a better way of doing things.
You know, all the good open-source stuff.
Therefore I created this repo, which in time of writing, is fairly empty as the project wouldn't start until late 2015.
So, that was kind of the background, here comes the question. I have researched a lot but can't seem to find the answer, which made me end up here
As you see, I make money on this app and I would actually like to continue with that. Either through ads or via in-app purchases. No matter what, because this app is able to make "some money" changes are that people will steal/copy/rebrand etc. my app.
I know that I cannot avoid this completely, or well I can if I go back to close source, but I would really like to make this as a open-source project.
Yeah, I know it might sound silly....but I would really like to hear some feedback/ideas on this topic.