Feds Shut Down Sites Suspected Of Offering Pirated Apps

Law360, New York (August 22, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice expanded its campaign to protect copyrights Tuesday by moving for the first time to shut down three major websites accused of offering users pirated copies of Android cellphone apps.

The DOJ’s Criminal Division seized the domain names for Applanet.net, Appbucket.net and Snappzmarket.com in an effort to prevent further infringement of copyrighted mobile device apps, the department said in a statement Wednesday. This was the first time the agency seized website domains involving cellphone app marketplaces.

“Criminal copyright laws apply to apps...
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