Officials say this is the first time domains linking to pirated smartphone app marketplaces have been seized.
The three domains are applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com and are now in the custody of the government. The government says 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."
Adds Assistant Attorney General Breuer: "Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works – including popular apps – is a top priority of the Criminal Division. 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," concluded U.S. Attorney Yates.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2012 8:29