U.S. government seizes three websites for distributing pirated Android apps
Aug 22, 2012 4:44 PM –
The U.S. government departments; the DOJ, FBI, Georgia state officials in conjunction with Dutch and French officials all collaborated to seize three websites allegedly disturbing pirated Android apps. If you try to visit either applanet.net, appbucket.net or snappzmarket.com you will be greeted with the same warm welcome as this article’s headline image.
“Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works – including popular apps – is a top priority of the Criminal Division,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it.”
“Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy. We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate,” said U.S. Attorney Yates.
This brings up an interesting point as we have seen the trend, whereas, more consumers with Android devices are less willing to pay for apps than those on iOS devices. We even witnessed recently, popular game developer Madfinger Games was forced to give their recent title DEAD TRIGGER away free and recoup revenue via purchases inside the app due to ‘unbelievably high’ piracy.
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Source U.S. Department of Justice via Digital Trends