AppBucket founders plead guilty for illegally distributing Android apps

AppBucket founders plead guilty for illegally distributing Android apps
Nicholas Narbone and Thomas Dye, the two leaders of a piracy group that illegally distributed Android apps, pleaded guilty of copyright infringement yesterday. The duo is being prosecuted for founding the AppBucket pirate app market, which featured more than a million copyrighted apps that were worth roughly $700,000. AppBucket operated from 2010 to 2012, when it was closed down by the Department of Justice and the FBI. Narbone and Dye couldn't escape the long arm of the law – they were charged with copyright infringement.

AppBucket was closed along with Snappzmarket and Applanet, and all three of these illegal app markets virtually duplicated Google's Play store. These markets did not only offer premium Android apps for free – they also pushed notification updates and came with top lists on board.

Both wrongdoers might end up in jail for up to five years if the court finds them guilty.

source: DoJ via Mashable


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