Feds cracking down on pirates sharing Google Android, mobile tech

Google Android is popular in the U.S. and across the world, and there is increasing demand for pirated paid apps.

Published Wed, Feb 12 2014 10:40 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The U.S. Justice Department is cracking down on Internet piracy, including building legal cases against alleged pirates distributing stolen apps for the Google Android operating system. Android is mainly used on tablets and smartphones, and marks a significant effort to begin cleaning up a growing market of illegal apps.

Feds cracking down on pirates sharing Google Android, mobile tech |

The feds have charged four people so far for copyright-related crimes in which paid apps were available to download for free. Additional charges are likely for other accused pirates in the near future, though it's uncertain when they will be publicly charged.

"These crimes involve the large-scale violation of intellectual property rights in a relatively new and rapidly growing market," said Mythili Raman, Justice Department criminal division leader.

Google thrives on an open app ecosystem in which third parties are allowed to distribute apps - something Apple has been careful to nip in the bud for its mobile devices - so Android piracy apps shouldn't be overly surprising.


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