Federal Authorities Bust Android Sites in Piracy Sting

On Wednesday, the Federal Government announced the seizure of three website domain names engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps.

The news came today from Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, along with U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia, and Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office.

The department said that this is the first time website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces have been seized.

The seizures are the result of a comprehensive enforcement action taken to prevent the infringement of copyrighted mobile device apps. The operation was coordinated with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French law enforcement officials.

According to details made public by the Justice Department, the three seized domain names – applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com – are in the custody of the federal government.

“Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and educates them that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime,” the Justice Department said in a public statement.