It’s been full of news lately about the FBI seizing illegal websites and now it’s the time for three Android related ones to come down. Three app markets that were offering pirated content have been seized today and 9 individuals have been issued search warrants for.
The operation has been executed on a global scale, with the help of French and Dutch authorities. The websites seized are applanet.net, appbucket.net, and snappzmarket.com and they were holding their content outside of the US, according to the officials.
According to the assistant attorney for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny A. Breuer, mobile apps have become very important for the US economy and they need to protect them, which is actually very true. He also stated that “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.”
Unfortunately for developers, there are still more websites and apps that offer pirated content, though they will probably be seized too in the future. Some might even shut their doors close by themselves, because nobody likes FBI’s visits.
Android will probably always be a target for “pirates,” due to its open nature. Also Android users have gotten used to free apps, as nearly everything used to be free a few years ago and now developers are trying to recover their investments by charging money for premium apps.