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FBI set pirated Android app sites in their crosshairs, begin shutting some down

FBI starts taking down pirated Android app sites
| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:26 am

The Department of Justice now have their sites set on some fresh targets: pirated Android apps. The DoJ, along with Dutch and French law enforcement, the FBI have seized three popular Android app sharing sites, Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet. They've issued a press release, stating that they're cracking down on the piracy of copyrighted works:




"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.


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