Two men stole and distributed paid Android apps for free : This was their fate

Two Android app pirates have pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. The two men, Aaron Blake Buckley from Mississippi, and his conspirator, Gary Edwin Sharp II from Massachusetts, may face up to five years in jail when they are sentenced on August 1.


From 2010 to 2012, these two men ran Applanet, which made paid apps available to users for free. In the process, they distributed over four million unauthorized copies of Android apps with revenue worth $17 million. FBI seized the domain in August 2012- a first seizure of a website for mobile app piracy.

This would be the first-ever prosecution of mobile app piracy groups. Let’s hope this reduces cases of app piracy.


Etoniru Chibueze

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

4 thoughts on “Two men stole and distributed paid Android apps for free : This was their fate

  • May 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Oh why dey made things earsier for us and now dey have been cought pls lets all join hands in fasting and prayer for dem.

  • May 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    So let’s keep encouraging the pirates and let the developers hard work go to waste? I really don’t understand how people reason. If I don’t want to pay for the app, I certainly don’t want to pirate it for free. I’ve never been than desperate for an app.

    I have a feeling this will continue to be a revolving door topic in the Nigerian techsphere.

  • May 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Eskees me sah ?, when we flashshare apps, that’s piracy too innit?

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