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.