DOJ Hits at Domains Harboring Pirated Android Apps

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. Department sent a clear message on Tuesday: It’s not putting up with pirated apps. The DOJ announced three domain seizures pertaining to websites harboring copyrighted Android applications in an illegal fashion.

The shut down domains include applanet.net, snappzmarket.com and appbucket.net. Visiting the sites displays a federal notice reading, “This domain has been seized by the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuant t a seizure warrant by a United States District Court under the authority of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981 and 2323.”

While U.S. authorities have regularly worked to seize websites, the news breaks a barrier as it’s the first time the DOJ has gone after websites containing pirated mobile applications.

Discussing the matter in a press release, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said, “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.”

The FBI indicated that most servers containing the pirated content were hosted through foreign countries. In its investigation, the FBI actually went as far as downloading the applications suspected of being pirated from proper copyright owners.

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