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The Feds bring down popular sites for pirated Android apps, vow to unrelentingly strike the rest

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The Feds bring down popular sites for pirated Android apps, vow to unrelentingly strike the rest
Just like when you go to Megaupload.com, you will be greeted with the DoJ stamp and a warning that this site has been taken down by the Feds at Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet - three of the more popular sites for downloading cracked Android apps.

Android piracy is becoming a huge issue for developers, which are strugglingly with very high rates of people just downloading cracked apps without paying, no matter how miniscule a $0.99 amount is, for example.

Google has apparently decided to address the matter head-on, and we'd assume the Mountain View search giant might be behind tipping the authorities about the counterfeit apps websites that allow you to easily download pirated content. As per U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates: “We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate.

via BGR

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 05:52 9

1. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


you can download by torrent or eMule also
keep dreamin' feds

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:40 1

12. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Been using eMule for the past 12 years. Its a great place to get rare and old stuff.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:09 7

2. Surge (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


id be less tempted to pirate if the refund window wasnt so strict. There are so many bad apps, sometimes its not worth the risk of buying a dud.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:47

13. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


And many games (EA in particular) show they are compatible, but they are not. By the time this can be figured out, due too waiting times for downloads, it has been to long for a refund.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:47

3. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iPay for all my Apps but only buy on-sale .99ć. I've only bought three apps' at full retail (not on-sale).

That said, iWish the stupid government would take their resources, energies and focus and concentrate on reinforcing our borders and keeping out iLlegals who come into this country and then collect Public Assistance. (Before anyone points it out, iKnow, run-on sentence.).

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:51

4. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Ill never download a pirated app IF there is an option to try the full app for like a day or two... also need a refund system if not satisfied.. because be it Android or iOS most of the paid apps are really crappy!!!!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 07:14

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


So I guess you're really happy with your Windows Mobile apps'? Android apps' and iOS apps' are not crappy, there are thousands of excellent apps' available in the Android Play Store and the App Store; it's your phone.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:15

6. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Try to takedown piratebay,
We'll see how good the feds are.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:37

7. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 357; Member since: 07 May 2012)


can never take down piratebay,its pirate bay for life. well as charleatifinity said they should provide an option to try the full app for like a day or two and be able to refund it before 72hrs

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:57 1

8. drum009 (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I have downloaded and installed pirated apps before. If I didn't like it, I uninstalled it. If it was something I really used and liked, I went and bought the paid version from the Play store to say thanks and show the developer some luv!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:43 1

9. JGuinan007 (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 May 2011)


These same pirate sites are also the source of Viruses and Malware on the Android OS take them down and you wipe out 95% of viruses on Android

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:36

10. techguy1980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


On the subject of viruses, Even if the big bad evil (sarcasm fully intended) pirate sites were taken down there still is going to be viruses. The more respectable pirate sites hardly have viruses and besides viruses will still be coming in to the android phones purely because of the open nature of the OS and the fact that lets face it, the screening process for new apps is much less stringent in the Play Store than it is in Apple's Appstore.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:34 1

11. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Funny enough, the site I go to for "pirated" apps is still alive and doing VERY well...

The sad part since I can see so many of you already jumping to conclusions, This wouldn't be SO MUCH (key words there folks) of an issue if company's didn't use such horrid DRM and opened the market for unsaid apps (I have friends in Germany who cant get all the same games/apps I can)...

Oh, and since you probably didnt catch the unsaid tone in the previous statement, I only use the site to download DRM free apps, that is of course, Apps that I HAVE LEGALLY PURCHASED but cant stomach the horrid DRM! I have about 10 apps I have to grab from unsaid site because I often visit places with no signal/wifi and ill be damned if I cant play my games or use my apps just because it cant connect EVERY SINGLE PUCKING TIME I open the app.

Prevent piracy? Nah, I know plenty of people who read the DRM complaints and instead of doing what I do, purchasing the app then getting the "pirated" edition, just outright pirate it... It wont eliminate it (it being piracy), but it sure as hell WOULD help with it.

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