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Android Piracy Sites Seized By US Government 184

Dupple writes with news that the DOJ took a few Android app piracy sites offline. From the release: "Seizure orders have been executed against three website domain names engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia and Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin of the FBI's Atlanta Field Office announced today. The department said that this is the first time website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces have been seized. 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."
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Android Piracy Sites Seized By US Government

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's about time !!

  • Trolls (Score:4, Insightful)

    by noh8rz7 ( 2706405 ) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @09:41AM (#41080241)
    Wow, judging by the above comments, the apple trolls/shills are out in full force! Will the real tim cook please stand up?
    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by Uberbah ( 647458 )

      Wow, should be easy to name some examples then, since there's only 52 comments in this story (so far). Where, exactly, are these shill/troll comments.....

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @09:42AM (#41080265)

    but most of the good apps and games aren't available in the uganda google play store

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by tepples ( 727027 )
      Have you tried contacting employers in countries other than Uganda to see if they'd sponsor your work visa?
      • What makes you think he wants to live somewhere other than Uganda?

        • by tepples ( 727027 )
          Because living elsewhere ensures access to apps. No place in this system of things is a perfect place to live; one has to pick the least bad.
  • Apple (Score:2, Insightful)

    Too bad everyone's not using 1 thoroughly monopolozed...I mean centralized Apple store. Then instead of virus infested counterfeit apps, they'd only have to deal with Apple secret police kidnapping apps randomly out of the store for no reason, insane overpricing/insane profit margins, psychotic Apple geniuses (see story a couple down from this one :-P ) and human rights violations.
    • by mcwop ( 31034 )
      In Soviet Russia iTunes plays you!
    • If you would listen to an Apple conference call, you would find out that iTunes and the App Store barely make any profit. Apple's margins come from hardware sales due to their mastery of their supply chain, not from overpriced 99c songs or 99c apps.
      • I thought it was increasingly the other way around - that's why they killed off the xserve, to focus on the consumer space rather than corporate. Do you have any reliable figures? Because I'm too lazy to google for them right now.
  • I'm glad there's a thriving Android piracy scene out there. I don't have any problem shelling out money for Android apps, yet I've looked for pirated APKs on a few occasions.

    Why would I do this??? After all, they're only $1-5usd, and the overwhelming majority of the apps are free anyhow, so a few paid apps is no big expense (contrast this with IOS, where you've gotta pay for EVERYTHING). Well, there's a few different scenarios at work.

    One is device compatibility... I bought Sonic CD just days after it c

  • Of course they don't mention what apps were being illegally copied. In addition, they don't mention who requested the take down. Is this a case of true piracy, where people were circumventing paying for software? Or, is this a case where people were downloading free apps, but not through the google app store? If the latter, exactly what copyright was being infringed?

    • by Shagg ( 99693 )

      Of course they don't mention what apps were being illegally copied. In addition, they don't mention who requested the take down.

      My guess would be that if these were apps written by independent developers or small shops, the FBI wouldn't care.

  • Another band-aid fix that will fail to work and comes at the cost of due process and Internet freedom.

  • When will people understand that this is what P2P is for?

    Geez, pirate properly guys....
  • I have been interested in the differences in the various banners that are put up on these seized sites. I have a Python script I run now and then to gather all of the banners. Right now I have 16 banners from 757 seized domains hosted at 4 IPs. If you'd like to see them, you can check out the Picasa Web Album [].

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?