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USDOJ orders seizure of sites popular for Android piracy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Aug 2012 8:29 User comments (3)

USDOJ orders seizure of sites popular for Android piracy The US DOJ has ordered the seizure of three web domain names that are currently in engaging in the illegal distribution of pirated Android apps.
Officials say this is the first time domains linking to pirated smartphone app marketplaces have been seized.

The three domains are applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com and are now in the custody of the government. The government says the "seizures are the result of a comprehensive enforcement action taken to prevent the infringement of copyrighted mobile device apps. The operation was coordinated with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French law enforcement officials."

Adds Assistant Attorney General Breuer: "Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works including popular apps is a top priority of the Criminal Division. 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," concluded U.S. Attorney Yates.

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3 user comments

127.8.2012 11:50

Yay for the DoJ... Like they didn't know this was going on? Surprisingly enough, like the pirating community didn't see this coming either.

If the sites are within the boarders of the US, they are complete & total dumbasses, especially this day & age where complete anonymity isn't as sure as it may have been. Off shore sites, good luck getting them shut down Yates & Breuer.

You guys at the DoJ may think that 'bit' with Demonoid was a hit of Viagra or some new strain of synthetic 'dick of death' aphrodisiac, but I'm still under the impression that was a fluke.

Why, you may say? Most folks will juxtapose the Pirate Bay for one, but sharing & pirating shouldn't be said in the same sentence. It would really be interesting to make sure these guys know the difference.


21.9.2012 1:58

Nowadays one only gets magnet links from Piratebay. How is DOJ going to deal with that ? I really wonder.

33.9.2012 11:43

Originally posted by pmshah:
Nowadays one only gets magnet links from Piratebay. How is DOJ going to deal with that ? I really wonder.


Probably the same way they've been doing it, by setting up 'entrapment' servers & screaming 'criminal' if you even float by it. I would say anyone that even remotely knows anything about P2P, bit torrents or the likes has had their IP address probably come up on a federal blotter somewhere.

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