DOJ Seizes Three Websites for Distributing Pirated Android Apps

DOJ Seizes Three Websites for Distributing Pirated Android Apps

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The Department of Justice has seized three website domain names for engaging in the illegal distribution of copyrighted Android apps, marking the first time a domain has been seized for this reason.

The three seized domain names –, and – are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and educates them that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime.

"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."

During the operation, FBI agents downloaded thousands of copies of popular copyrighted mobile device apps from the alternative online markets suspected of distributing copies of apps without permission from the software developers who would otherwise sell copies of the apps on legitimate online markets for a fee. In most cases, the servers storing the apps sold by these alternative online markets were being hosted in other countries, and our international law enforcement partners assisted in obtaining or seizing evidence stored on these servers. Nine search warrants were also executed in six different districts across the country today as part of the operation.

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DOJ Seizes Three Websites for Distributing Pirated Android Apps
JuergenWest - August 22, 2012 at 9:34pm
Very nice to see action taken against those who profit by stealing and distributing the work of others. It is despicable that people do this, all to "save" a dollar, when in fact it is stealing, one dollar at a time, multiplied in the thousands.
DNA64 - August 23, 2012 at 4:24am
Well Said JW!
Samsung=Shiite - August 23, 2012 at 5:49am
Now to seize android itself and shut it down.. The amount of stealing going on there is beyond what these websites do...
zen Master - August 23, 2012 at 1:39pm
yeah i totally agree, programmers work should be respected. i would love to see the people out here cracking, hosting, and downloading cracked apps attempt to produce a stable app. how would these thieves like it if they spent 8hrs at walmart bagging groceries and didn't get paid for it.