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Department of Justice Seizes Three Well Known Android Piracy Sites

The above image is what will greet you upon arrival to three very well-known and popular Android app piracy sites. In a presser from the Department of Justice, this is only the beginning. The three sites seized by the DoJ are applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com. They will remain in the custody of the federal government until swift, yet deserved justice has been served. 

During the investigation, FBI agents downloaded thousands of pirated apps and issued nine separate search warrants spanning six districts in this country alone. As we all know, piracy is an issue that developers face, especially on an open platform such as Android. We should thank these crime fighters for assuring developers that their work won’t become victimized now or in the future.

Support the developers, folks!

Via: PC World, DoJ

  • Adam

    I will continue to pirate apps I do not think there is one developer out there that deserves my cash. I pirate everything including apps, TV shows, movies, and music. Get a real job if you want money. Fools.

  • Paul Harper

    They will be back up on a.eu site by tomorrow I’m sure. This is a crime that cannot be stopped.
    To bad for the developers.

  • Charles Bronson

    Must be US only ban, I can still access all of these sites from New Zealand.

  • JumboMcNasty

    Never used those sites. My MLB At Bat app says hello though. I think that’s it. :)

  • Lane252

    ok lets get this str8….FIRST the DOJ wants to tell churches who churches can and cannot have preach in them…now they are taking away android piracy sites? i mean i pay for my apps but really…GO AWAY AMERICAN GOVERNMENT you are stepping all over the Bill of RIGHTS

  • http://twitter.com/HLGBellyHop94 Jorian Wulf

    Aww man, No more applanet. Just in time to get back up and working after being offline for about a year to get shutdown.

  • Alex Colodner

    Arrggg!

  • SoffMouf

    I’m glad to see there are more people here defending developers. Man, the thread over on AndroidPolice is just depressing. The inability to distinguish between a right and a privilege is telling of the current state of society.

    • xXAaronSXx

      My thoughts exactly, the excuses that people are using to justify stealing, just wow. I really think some people think playing paid games in a right, and if they can afford them, it ok to pirate them. I read a comment earlier that basically said the piracy is a cost of doing business for the devs. That they (the devs) know about it going in so somehow it should be ok. Seriously, you hit it on the head, the apps that you use are not a RIGHT their a PRIVILEGE and if the dev chooses to charge for it, you must pay for the privilege to use it.

  • rohicks

    Communists

  • equestrian_colt

    Our economy is falling apart and the government is worried about people getting some .99 cent apps for free. Ridiculous

  • just sayin

    There’s a lot of “the pot calling the kettle black” going on In here.

  • cb2000a

    Good for them. Piracy costs us all in the end and most Android apps and games are very reasonably priced.

  • Daistaar

    I’m more alarmed that my tax money goes to some “Law Enforcement Agency” that sits in the office downloading APKs all day is says, “I told you you can get Asphalt and Dead Trigger on Applanetz!”

  • nightscout13

    Oh well, as long as there’s torrent sites…….

  • donebrasko

    in other news, the government continues to be blind to the data price gouging of Verizon and att

    • JoshGroff

      Of course they do, they’re making money off it as well. What’s funny is thinking the government is for the people.

  • erkyem

    From my point of view what increase downloads from this sites is the lack of payment options in the playstore, paypal, pay by phone i every country or just cards. I spent 50euros. In Gameloft just because they have pay by phone option. I cant by on the play store i. Will download somewhere else

    • Barack NoBummer

      So because Google won’t bend over backwards to make sure that the few like are completely accommodated then you’ll steal apps from pirate sites right???? Maybe you should quit with the excuses and grow up or is it simply that mommy won’t give you access to her credit card. Hell you can use an ATM card to buy apps if you need to.

  • face968

    Why are there people stating that they are against this because the FBI did this before going to trial? It states right on the image that it was done “pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court under the authority of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981 and 2323.” In order to get a warrant they needed to present evidence justifying the action they wanted to take (seizing the website). They cannot just take down a website at their own whim.

    • Derp

      Kim Dotcom had all his assets frozen by US government also, but he isn’t a united states citizen, nor did he break laws in his country, nor did he technically break US laws.
      People that did break our laws: All people who legally posess marijuana in the netherlands because it’s against federal law in the US.
      Why don’t we go after those hooligans, they are awful human beings for breaking the US law, right? Or maybe the US has a messed up legal system.

  • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs

    Do what you want, cause a pirate is free,
    YOU ARE A PIRATE!
    Yar har, fiddle di dee,
    Being a pirate is alright to be,
    Do what you want cause a pirate is free,
    You are a pirate!

  • PhillipCun

    I like how people on here need to justify why they pirate. To “try” an app because the Play store doesn’t give you enough time. Where do you get to “try” before you buy? Pirating is pirating, don’t justify how you pirate. If you didn’t buy and you use it, you’re pirating. Please don’t justify your actions, just admit it. I bet everyone on here has pirated something; a song, an app, a candy bar when you were young. I just find it entertaining when people are hypocrites

    • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs

      I admit I pirate every single app I have on my phone. The only thing I buy on Android are usually custom icon sets that people make, that you can buy on paypal. Those aren’t as popular and you can’t find them for free.

      • kixofmyg0t

        You’re a loser.

        • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs
      • http://twitter.com/chisox05matt Matt

        wow, could you be any more of a douche. So you wouldn’t mind if i stole a few bucks from you every week?

        • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs

          I could. I could pirate their apps and then sell them as my own and make money off of it. That’s being more of a douche.
          These people know what they’re getting into, when they make something for the public. Same with any business or company. There are losses and there are profits. Deal with it.

          • Adam Marr

            That is about the dumbest statement I’ve ever heard. Please print this out, put it in your wallet, and look at it in 10 years when you move out of mommy’s house.

      • GQGK

        Ah… Genius So people make icons, but they don’t make apps… Still figuring out how that works. Perhaps you can elaborate on that one. You realize most apps are made by 1 or 2 man teams, right?

        • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs

          Are you dumb? I said I only buy the icons because they’re not as popular as paid apps, so they’re harder to find for free. And I know for a fact that the people I bought icons from, don’t make apps. They simply make custom icons. Soooo.

  • aldr01d

    Let the greed continue the government is the puppet bought out by big corporations “aka capitalism” and is going to become like Nazi Germany soon internet gestapo around the corner …….

    • summit1986

      I’m missing something… I’m no historian, but I’m pretty sure Nazi Germany wasn’t run by corporations.

      • Major Pun

        It wasn’t. It was run by a *Corporal*

    • xXAaronSXx

      I would say that the Government actually got this one right. Stopping people from stealing (for a short time anyway) and protecting other’s property. How do draw any kind of comparison to Nazi Germany? Your way off on this one.

  • PABNJ

    How stingy and cheap can people get. I understand wanting to crack software that costs hundreds of dollars as there is a financial motivation to save money. But for Android apps costing only a few dollars, how childish. I wonder if those people are still being breast fed by their mommy.

    • http://DailyDoseOfBass.com/ Ryan

      Says a dude who probably pirates music which only costs 99 cents

      • Paul

        “Says a dude who probably…”
        Even if the assumption is right, you still lose for building a strawman.

    • mad chad

      They are by your momma

  • billr

    Lol, Hypocrites, I’ll bet the majority of y’all use apps for stealing music

  • jacker101

    NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • joe

    Noooo! Where am I going to get apps now? I have never and will never pay for any type of software, and that includes android apps. If you want to, feel free. But if you do.. why do you want an android in the first place? Just get an ifone and pay for apps. Newb.

  • Clint O

    I have used sites to test drive paid apps over $2 before buying cause the google play refund time limit is not enough time sometimes to fully see if a app is worth the cost. Apps over $2 should have a trail period . Alot of people will pay after seeing the value of the app for what they need it to do.

  • Jason Purp

    Applanet hasn’t been relevant for about 2 years. L for the FBI tbh

  • Trevor

    first i want to say im against stealing apps but i find it odd that they take down android’s pirating sites and yet my cousin has installous on a jailbroken iphone. And installous has been around since the begining of jailbreaking ipod touchs and iphones.

  • Chris

    In all my adventures of pirating, I’ve never sailed to those sites, not once. And this sea captain has plundered many an app. What a waste of my tax dollars, this modern day war on drugs has amounted to! These “efforts” will only provide a small speed bump in acquiring apps.

    • JoshGroff

      For all the media I pirated, I can say I’ve never pirated apps. I either buy them, use the free version if there is one (just to test the app at which point I usually buy the full version), or don’t use them.

    • meijin3

      Wish I could downvote you even more. People like you are the reason that we who actually pay for apps have to wait so long for often inferior version than iOS users.

      • Chris

        iOS piracy is even worse, get over yourself. I am a dev myself, I’m not stealing food out of peoples mouths. If I like the app, I do end up buying it. In fact, since I “demo” more apps by piracy, I end up buying more than I otherwise would have.

        • meijin3

          To say that iOS piracy is worse is pure conjecture.
          http://www.yankeegroup.com/about_us/press_releases/2011-09-08-1.html
          Either way, we need to support our devs as much as possible. If you say you are one and that you support others, then great! But the fact remains that many, many people do not and this is hurting the Android community, one that I am heavily invested in.

  • Russ

    Android developers are what make the Android community so great. I think this is a good thing.

  • Mario Mendez

    There goes 3 more. I didnt know Appbucket existed.

  • claydos66

    Did they break down the doors of the owners houses to seize the data? Raid of FBI and DOJ on them asses?

    I guess Megaupload only gets that kind of treatment.

    • moelsen8

      the entertainment industry was involved there. i’m surprised they didn’t shoot any pets.

  • GQGK

    As a developer I have a really hard time comprehending how people can defend the actions of the sites… Especially with excuses like “the apps were outdated” or “they weren’t found guilty of anything yet”. I don’t care how old the version was, you don’t steal something from someone that relies on this as a source of income. It makes the platform less appealing to outside developers and I think we can all agree we’d like as many decent developers as we can get. Support the platform, support the people that make your phones as useful as they are, and stop telling yourself piracy doesn’t hurt anyone. The only person you’re fooling is yourself. /rant

    • Drew

      So much this. Pirates have no excuses. If you can’t afford an app, you’re just going to have to grow up and wait until you have available funds. I’m glad these websites are being shut down.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        What if you don’t trust google with your private info. I mean heck, if the big bad Apple can be fooled by a scammer just calling and asking for a password, what does Google have that makes them all secure? Personally, I don’t trust anyone with my info, especially my debit card / credit card info which is why when ordering stuff online I never allow the site to save the numbers and I always use guest accounts to prevent account hacks. Until Google gets their Play Gift cards into more stores around the country, I will keep downloading the APK’s online. Not because I don’t want to pay for them but because I have no way of securely paying for them.

        • Drew

          I can kinda see your point on this. But I’m just telling you for your safety to not download anymore. Like the article said, the FBI is investigating the owners of these sites. Sometimes the FBI will punish the people downloading the apps as much as the people hosting the site. Just because you’re in a different country doesn’t mean the FBI won’t request and receive your information. I don’t tell you this to scare you, but to help you. You seem like a nice enough guy.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Thanks for the info and I plan to stop pirating apps as soon as Play Store gift cards are out in more stores in my area. I used to buy apps on iTunes when I had an iPod all the time via gift cards because they’re more secure but thats the one major thing that Android has been missing for the past few years but hopefully they’re wanting to put an end to that. Also, I’m in the United States and I seriously believe the FBI have WAY more important things to do than investigate someone downloading a $1 app. Don’t they have some terrorist to catch?
            P.S. When downloading APK’s or any torrent for that matter, always use a secure proxy server!

          • Drew

            That’s what they should be doing. One would think it would be pretty hard for them to pursue everyone who pirates/torrents when there are probably millions all over the world. Good luck anyway, I’m also awaiting Google Play cards to arrive here (Florida)

    • http://twitter.com/DavisDarvish Davis Darvish

      first and foremost piracy is NOT stealing. To also reiterate what people have said many of these site hosted free apps as well and many devices say viewsonic gtablet do not have google play access so it was a method of getting these apps. yes i also used amazons app store but still did not find all the apps there. In addition there are several apps where you could NEVER determine if it is right for you in the measly 15 minute return window. They should have kept it to the original 24 hours. With that said i certainly do not condone piracy and in 99% of the cases when i have used one of these site i found a way to pay the developer for their product because afterall i want more quality apps on this platform. remember what makes this OS so great is its openness but it also is a negative a times and i think in the end it all comes out in a wash. Stop telling yourself piracy is hurting someone because in the end you are fooling yourself. its a proven fact that people who often pirate would not have paid for the application no matter what…

      • Adam Marr

        Idiot. Try and justify it all you want. I’ve read those articles too, about people pirating apps not being high percentage buyers, and I’ll agree with that for $20 movies or $2000 copies of Adobe CS, but if someone really wants an app, and piracy was nipped in the bud, they WILL either download an ad-supported free app, or pay $1 for a paid app. Even IF they are only downloading these apps because they are free (when they are actually paid apps), there is still a percentage of people who would have purchased a similar app if they couldn’t steal it. And talking around it is just proof of your simple-minded BS. Piracy == Stealing. Where the hell do you think the term came from? Moron.

        • mos0ne

          This whole thread article is fanboyism….same thing as when the feds shut down megaupload….exact opposite comments. Search droid life+megaupload. I don’t agree with the sites…but what will the comments look like when any site that touches a leaked unsecured GS3 boot loader..or a leaked thunderbolt ICS update gets seized? Keep trading your freedoms for security. Dumb.

          • Adam Marr

            I’m not justifying site-shutdown. I’m arguing against trying to justify theft, and against people trying to say piracy isn’t stealing. And leaked RUUs and such are completely different. For one, almost every single build gets leaked. You think that’s an accident? Ever see anyone coming after people for it? Um, no. Phone manufacturers could care less, they probably even prefer it, because it get their builds out there faster, and Verizon can’t do anything about it, since they really don’t want to lose a case like that (based on the “open applications” provision of the Block C purchase). And HTC doesn’t “sell” you upgrades. Way to make no sense bud.

  • Knlegend1

    Never even knew those existed.

  • Eric

    Who the hell is unwilling to pay a dollar or two for an app? If you have pirated an app you are a complete loser.

    • JoshGroff

      This^ but I sure as hell am not paying $.99 for a song… ($3-5 for an album maybe)

      • streetlightman

        That’s incredibly hypocritical

        • JoshGroff

          The amount of enjoyment I get from a song is nowhere near the enjoyment I get from a well made game. One of the reasons all my albums are bought second hand.

          • Music Goer

            You can support musicians in other ways (i.e. going to see them live) so dropping a buck on a song isn’t the only way to support an artist.

          • http://twitter.com/chisox05matt Matt

            So you go see every artist live that you stole their songs from?

          • JoshGroff

            You do realize that most of that money goes to the record companies, a digital copy should cost significantly less than a physical CD, not the same price. Also, it’s just like recording a song on a cassette tape (oh how I remember those days with my Sony walkman) for future listening. (and if you use recording software whilst listening to Pandora, that’s actually legal to do as long as it’s for personal use.)

          • SA_NYC

            In a free market, suppliers set a price, and if you think it’s too high, you choose not to pay it (and not get the product in return). You don’t get to decide what you consider “fair” to pay (and also get the product). It’s no different than if your employer unilaterally decided to cut your pay by half, and yet you somehow didn’t have the option to quit. Zero difference with pirating music, apps, whatever. If it’s too expensive, don’t buy it. Doesn’t give you any right to steal it.

          • JoshGroff

            I just saw System of a Down live, they put on one hell of a show.

        • JoshGroff

          A game that lasts 10 hours+ vs a song that lasts 3, how is that hypocritical at all? $3-5 for an album is quite generous when you think about it.

    • droidman101

      There was actually a study a dev did where he found most of the people pirating the app were from China. They can’t purchase apps in the play store so the pirate it. So no one is really losing money.

      Don’t get me wrong, piracy is an issue, just not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Don’t forget about those people that don’t trust Google with their credit card numbers. I mean if Apple is fooled by a simple scammer just calling and claiming to be the account owner, what makes Google so special and secure? Until they are able to get Google Play Gift Cards in more stores people like me will resort to piracy. Not because we don’t want to pay for the app but because we have no way of securely paying for the app.

        • cadenh

          I feel like this is a crappy attempt to justify your own wrongdoings. I’ve never had any issues with my Google account handling my personal info, and I’ve never heard a case of security issues with Google either. As far as I, or any other person that wants to support the dev comunity, am concerned you should stop making excuses and do the right thing.

          • Pengwn

            I’ve never had my info stolen, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I can see the logic behind his reasoning. I just feel bad for all the people who are unable to purchase apps from the play store because they live in a certain country. I’ve personally never pirated an app before and I torrent almost everything.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I honestly don’t see how people say piracy on Android is out of control! I mean look at iOS, they’re just as bad if not worse. Also, I too torrent a lot of files but its gotten really hard to find quality apps on there. Most of them are no longer hosted on major sites such as Pirate Bay or Isohunt, they’re instead being hosted on sites such as Mediafire, putlocker, etc.

          • Adam Marr

            Sideloading on iOS without jailbreaking is tough, I think it requires a dev account. You can d/l and install an apk on pretty much every android device in existence. And even if it was worse, it doesn’t justify stealing android apps.

  • New_Guy

    Such a great article to see first thing in the morning. It’s gonna be a good day, tater.

  • http://DailyDoseOfBass.com/ Ryan

    The DOJ is a joke, they took down sites that don’t even have updated apps. The only reason that these got taken down is because they host the files on their own servers. Sites like mobilism and market militia host them on file sharing sites so they wont get taken down like this.

  • Buy This

    Honest question: I have pirated 4 apps. 2 were launchers that I wanted more time to try out in full to make my decision. I ended up getting rid of one and buying the other from the market. The other 2 were apps that I had already paid for. They were emulators and ended up removed from the market. When I found them on SlideMe (alternative to android market) I downloaded one for free, and then the other when the developer made it available for those who paid. SO. How many of you download with the intent to eventually buy, especially if it turns out to be something you really like. Is that enough to change your mind? I have to think a chunk of pirated downloads are people like me. If you end up liking something well enough, it’s not like it’s not worth it to put a buck or two into it and get the official ota updates and support. Just my two cents.

    • joe

      A small chunk of pirates.

    • ricky

      I am in the same boat, I did a few just to try and see how they work and if I liked them or not.i endd up getting rid of the ones I didnt like and bought the ones I did like. Now if the developer had a full trial version of the app then I would go that way but most of them will not do it because they know the apps are junk and if someone tries them before hand they wont spend the money. and as most of you all have seen the app prices are growing fast and the more the app price is the more likley it will be pirated.

  • kixofmyg0t

    To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even know piracy on Android existed until the Dead trigger “scandal”(a game I paid for btw) happend.

    I’m glad they got taken down. You have thousands upon thousands of FREE apps and most apps are under $5. You can’t complain that apps are “too expensive” or whatever excuse pirates use.

    • Mallahet

      Especially when we’re paying ~$70/month on a phone bill. The least we can do is a one-time payment of $1-$5 to support people that make the community thrive.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      From a US perspective, i agree. I have known they exist, but never knew where etc.

      To me, i put up with the ads or the rare app I truly use a lot or find i need or like enough to donate, i buy the better version. Likely spend too much on apps, but i wouldn’t trust apps from other sites.

      I mean, the number one rule of protecting your device from malware/etc is your own brain.

      I can see why and how pirate sites work in countries where life style is much harder. I don’t agree it makes it right or ok, but i understand it.

      • moelsen8

        i think a large part of it is also availability. android is the #1 smartphone OS on the planet, including areas that don’t have access to the play store etc. not that i condone it, but people in those locations have no choice if they want some of these apps. there’s a bit more google could do to help solve the problem. narrow it down so that pirates really do include only the thieves.

        • PiracyIsWrongBUT

          THIS /—-I have a Asus EEE pc and can’t use the market on it so the only way for me to get apps on the laptop is by using blapkmarket or something so that I can sideload them on there. It’s not just paid apps that they have on there there are free ones and thats what I mainly use if for to add the apps I need and keep them up to date

          • EFFFFFF

            download the amazon store?

    • EvanTheGamer

      People are just too damn cheap these days. Some people around these parts complain about a bloody $.99 game with IAP. You kidding me? You can’t spare $.99 for a great game? Cheap I tell you!

      And by the way, I haven’t spent one red cent on ANY IAP purchase on Dead Trigger. I’ve been using my PS3 controller to play the game, and let me tell you, it’s a hell of a different experience entirely…no weird touch control issues, and you can actually progress through the game without getting “stuck” when zombies start surrounding you.

      And wow, that Alien gun that the great Madfinger Games gave all $.99 purchasers, is just FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

    • RumbaCembe

      As an african who lives on about 48 cents per day, I can’t afford to pay upwards of a dollar per app. That is seriously like a weeks food for my 14 person family

      • Timothy Miller

        ..

        • fixxmyhead

          lol i know huh

      • Daistaar

        Yet you have a computer to download from and an android product (phone or tablet) to run these apps on?… I’m with Frye on this one…

        • nightscout13

          He’s an African Troll.

      • xXAaronSXx

        So that justifies stealing? And if you are actually living on 48 cents per day, how do you possible pay your phone bill? I’m sorry, if you can’t pay $1 – $5 for a good game/app, then I guess you just have to play free apps. There’s a ton of good ones on the Play Store also. If your still not happy, then buy a 3DS or a PS Vita and pay $50 for a game on them (get where I’m going). As far as hand held games are concerned android games/apps are by far the best value for the money.

      • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

        Wah wah wah, I don’t make enough money so I get to steal. With attitudes like that it’s not wonder your entire continent is a sh*t hole. Why don’t you actually do something productive rather than worrying about what you can steal all day.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I wouldn’t mind paying a dollar for an app but after all the scandals with Apple and other big companies over hacked accounts, I just don’t feel safe letting Google have all my private information, credit card number, etc. Once Google Play gift cards become available at more locations I will probably start paying for apps, but for now it is easier for me to just find a copy of the apk online.

    • GazaIan

      :
      To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even know piracy on Android existed until the Dead trigger “scandal”(a game I paid for btw) happend.”

      You’re not serious. you can’t be serious. Next I suppose you’re going to tell me you didn’t know a plane has wheels?

      • kixofmyg0t

        It was just something I never thought about. I never considered the possibility since most everything was free and the paid apps are $1.

  • MikeSaver

    You think the FBI could use a higher res image? Not dettering enough.

  • spygame

    This will not solve the problem since all they have to do is register the DNS in another country and done!
    EDIT: At least is a step in the right direction.

  • Derrick Fereal

    I remember hearing that applanet was run by a 16/17 year old

  • Casey

    This isn’t cool, actually, as they haven’t even been found guilty of a crime yet.

    • Siege

      “During the investigation, FBI agents downloaded thousands of pirated apps…”

      That’s more than enough probable cause for them to take action. Maybe not arrest the people running these sites, but definitely enough to shut them down.

      • mandlar

        Sure, it’s great that they shut down a site with pirated apps.

        But it’s not great that they did so without any sort of trial. If the FBI can pull websites on a whim with any sort of questions….. that’s not a good thing.

        • New_Guy

          Murderers don’t get to keep their knivesjust because they haven’t gone to trial yet. Nor does a drunk driver get to keep driving just because he hasn’t seen a judge. Authorities have a right and duty to bring a hault to malicious acts with or without a trial or jury.

        • RedXander

          If someone is being assaulted, the police are not going to put the attacker on trial before stopping the assault. These guys were caught red-handed. What you’re asking for is red tape… I agree, on a whim without any sort of questions is not a good thing but this doesn’t seem to be the case.

      • Derp

        By that same logic, samsung should not be able to sell any phones or have websites because apple has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they stole ideas that apple stole first, fair and square. Aren’t these guys entitled to a trial before guilt is presumed?

        • Suralin

          By that same logic, the FBI should take Drug Smugglers to court before shutting down their operations. Or that they should allow Terrorist Cells to continue because they haven’t been found Guilty in court. Or that a Bank Robber should be allowed to keep the money until he is found guilty in court of robbing the bank. I could go on and on…

          • derp

            And people used megaupload for legal purposes, but some poeple used it for illegal purposes. Because of the few people who used it illegally even though there were safeguards in place to keep piracy from running pampant, they got shut down by the US gov.
            It’s not up to the government to decide if a service should be shut down because some people used it illegally. Nobody would shut down ford for making vehicles used by drunk drivers.
            I’m sure those services that did get shut down could have been used by dev’s for legal reasons.

          • Suralin

            This isn’t about MegaUpload, which the entertainment industry had a very heavy hand in and your Ford example isn’t anywhere close to a simile. These pirate sites were just that – pirate sites – created for the sole purpose of getting apps for free. They are nowhere near the same category as the MegaUpload take down.

          • derp

            The entertainment industry is not a law enforcement agency.
            And you only made one critical assumption here:
            “These pirate sites were just that – pirate sites – created for the sole purpose of getting apps for free”
            How can you assume to know what something was created for without a proper investigation. Why something was created and what it actually gets used for is hardly the same thing. Until I hear this guy say in front of a Jury “I made this site to break the law” then these sites must be presumed innocent. Anything else is not what the US justice system was based on.

          • Suralin


            . Until I hear this guy say in front of a Jury “I made this site to break the law” then these sites must be presumed innocent.”

            ” Until I hear this guy say in front of a Jury “I made this methamphetamine to break the law” then his meth lab must be presumed innocent.” ”

            No. The DoJ issued a seizure warrant. They do not do that unless there is enough evidence from an initial investigation to justify one. And yes, they were investigating these sites – make no mistake about it. The people who OWN these sites are innocent until proven guilty, but the OPERATION, can be shut down until it is deemed lawful especially in the case of malicious intent (ie, smuggling, trafficking, conspiracy, etc.,). Do not mistake a MAN’s right to a fair trial with his operation.

            A man can be arrested to be put on trial. Property can be seized to be used as evidence. If the man is found innocent, his free. If the property is deemed worthless to the investigation, it is returned. Where is the issue again?

          • Derp

            I take issue with the process. Apple is doing the same thing with samsung under the guise of patten infringement. A preliminary injunction issued to samsung banning the sale of the galaxy nexus because Googles ANDROID OS (not samsung) provides a unified search, just like apple did, windows did, linux did, and just about every other device running an operating system back to DOS days. But an injunction was requested by big business and the US government was happy to comply. Shouldn’t the injunction have been issued to all non apple devices?
            If you ask me that very same system that took down those sites is being exploited. I don’t care for what those sites are used for, as a programmer I feel for those that were hurt in the process. But also as a programmer, I think it’s my responisibility to include even the most basic of security measures in my software to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen. But I do understand that locks are for the honest people, and security measures will be cracked.
            I think it would be far more productive to exploit the pirating community for what it is and use it as a software distribution tool.

    • http://DailyDoseOfBass.com/ Ryan

      That’s your fine US government at work… They have taken plenty of other music sharing sites the same way without being found guilty. Internet censorship at its finest….

      • face968

        This is not censorship, that’s what Apple does when it refuses an app to its Appstore because they don’t like the content. This is fighting a crime.

        • http://DailyDoseOfBass.com/ Ryan

          No its censorship when they just take it down without going to court

          • Paul N

            Are you suggesting the Feds didn’t go to court to get a warrant to seize the website?

  • Finire

    There are some things I do not believe in… This is not one of them. I am happy to see this, because developers on the Android platform I am happy to support.

  • sirgat

    DOJ is putting the smack down!!!

  • Shottylean

    Wonder if this is why Blapkmarket is down as well.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      dev of blapkmarket is kind of lazy, i used to play minecraft with him, he hasn’t been working on it for a while now. Most apps are outdated on there anyways.

    • rooster

      it is down

  • Droidzilla

    Davy Jones! Giant squid!

    • Kal5El

      Droidzilla, we’re really gonna need you to focus up…

      • Droidzilla

        Roger that; let’s try it with another film.