US seizes pirate website domains

2012-08-22 22:12

Washington - US authorities have seized three website domain names involved in distribution of pirated Android phone apps, in the first such action involving mobile app marketplaces.

The Justice Department announced late on Tuesday that they acted under a court order in co-ordination with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French officials, against, and

Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities.

"Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works - including popular apps - is a top priority of the [Justice Department] criminal division," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

"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."

During an investigation, FBI agents downloaded thousands of copies of popular copyrighted mobile device apps from the alternative online markets suspected of distributing apps without permission from the software developers who would otherwise obtain commissions.

In most cases, the servers storing the apps were being hosted in other countries, and the FBI was able to get help from international law enforcement in obtaining or seizing evidence stored on these servers.

Nine search warrants were also executed in various parts of the United States as part of an effort by the US Task Force on Intellectual Property.

  • Gichumz - 2012-08-22 22:34

    whats next? for copying the iphone???

      jrheeder - 2012-08-23 07:51

      thepiratebay is still going strong! See all the failed legal attempts:

      byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-23 11:35

      The pirate bay is used for phishing. Don't be fooled by their silence. The domain owners know this, but what can they do... Point your fingers at organizations like L33t security(and lets not forget congress), that have a complete narrow-minded view of the internet!

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-23 12:25


  • ricardo.cloete2 - 2012-08-23 05:37

    Ah Ja, USA jumping in to save the world from app thieves. :l

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-23 08:58

      Sure, but they happily push porn and gambling.

      byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-23 11:38

      You got 12 likes for mentioning app thieves on these grounds. Well, that's 12 misinformed likes. Coz the pc you posting this comment from was a stolen platform in the first place! Don't believe me...haha, asked Steve Jobs how amazed Bill Gates got whenever he walked through the manufacturing plant of Apple.

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-08-23 06:47

    I'm glad they stopping this anarchy! Flippen pirates ripping off Android Apps.... pfftttt what kind?

  • kvzanten - 2012-08-23 06:55

    When will people learn, once it is on the internet... it stays on the internet.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-23 11:32

    Anti-Piracy? Like wtf...Our fibre optics is not even in real capacity in SA. And already our websites are been erased for some multinational dream that stereotypes terrorism... If the escape key on my keyboard was the perfect example of personification!

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