Pirates have found a newest source to copy from and have fooled several thousands, causing a loss of over USD 700,000, equal to over 4 crores in rupees. Two persons, Nicholas Narbone, 26 and Thomas Dye, 21 have put up a duplicate Google Play store with over 1 million pirated android apps, ran it for almost two years between 2010 and 2012.
AppBucket and SnappzMarket, the alternative android markets allowed users to download paid apps for free. The FBI has shut down both the sites.
They have been caught, prosecuted for violation of intellectual property rights at a Georgia court and have pleaded guilty. The court will pronounce a sentence on them in June.
“Copyright infringement discourages smart, innovative people from using their talents to create things that the rest of society can use and enjoy. Theft is theft — whether the property taken is intellectual or tangible — and we will continue to prosecute those who steal copyrighted material,” said an attorney who brought them to justice.
The culprits Narbone and Dye may face up to five years in prison.