Ohio Man Pleads Guilty To $1.7M Android App Piracy

By Bill Donahue (November 4, 2014, 4:42 PM EST) -- An Ohio man pled guilty Monday to federal charges that he was a co-leader of a scheme to distribute more than one million pirated Android smartphone apps worth $1.7 million, the latest conviction an ongoing crackdown on mobile app piracy, prosecutors say.

Scott Walton, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, admitted to a single count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement for his role in a piracy group called SnappzMarket. He and an already-convicted partner conspired from May 2011 through August 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice says, to reproduce and distribute apps with a total retail value of more than $1.7...

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