A second clone, known as Indian VLC Player, has more than 500,000 downloads.
VLC, which has more than 2.4 billion downloads, is released under the GNU General Public Licence which means the code is open for forking. But the licence also says that if the reworked code is redistributed, then that source should be made available to anyone who asks for it.
Reacting to this post, a VLC developer wrote that Google had been informed about the application "many months ago".
VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf told Torrent Freak: “The Android version of VLC is under the license GPLv3, which requires everything inside the application to be open source and sharing the source.
“This clone seems to use a closed-source advertisement component (are there any that are open source?), which is a clear violation of our copyleft. Moreover, they don’t seem to share the source at all, which is also a violation.”
He added that adding adware and spyware with a clone of VLC was not acceptable.
Kempf said that Indian VLC player appeared to break both copyright and trademark law.
A Google spokesman told the website: "We remove applications that violate our policies, such as apps that are illegal. We don’t comment on individual applications; you can check out our policies for more information.”