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



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Good. Developers don't spend hours and months on something just to get ripped off.

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Agreed but I think this will be a problem for as long as you can sideload apps on Android.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Windows had Pirate Bay, Android had SnapzMarket, and Apple has Cydia for iOS. WP8 has a pirate store/website?

5. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

True but you need to jailbreak, which not many people do. On the other hand, on android it's as simple as allowing installations from unknown sources and you're done. I know how important that is because it saved my ass many times with titaniumpro but there should be some kind of solution.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But only if you are an idiot as a developer, you have apis to help you with licensing checks to make sure pirates don't get away with it. Those that make it without checking with Google play once in a while in the background kind of are asking for it too.

2. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Bad news for free loaders.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1091; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That's bad, I know but it ain't stopping anytime soon. I for one won't stop sideloading apps until they reevaluate their charging policy. You don't just in about charging every android user $3 for an app, a user in U.S may happily pay it because it's their local currency and hence easier on their wallet but convert that same amount to my local currency and it becomes a heavy charge. I've bought some apps and knows how hard it can be for my friends who always resorts to searching for the apk on Google. I always only resort to sideloading when the developer asks for more than I can give.

8. SamDroid unregistered

Really. You can't save up to get a good app? I'm not saying I can afford all the Play Store app but if its worth it then I normally just save up - I use Debit

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