In the summer of 2012, the FBI confiscated domains Applanet, AppBucket and Snappzmarket, three sites to download payment Android applications without going through the box. Era the first operation against this type of parallel to Google Play markets and then we had uncertainty about how it would develop the operation, if the creators of the site had some responsibility or if they were going to pay some penalty rather than closing prudential.
Four years later, the case is seen for sentence. Several young people related to these download platforms have pleaded guilty of charges against copyright and face even prison sentences equivalent to almost $ 20 million damages.
Numerous arrests and prison sentences
The arrests came two years later, from the spring of 2014. After a long investigation, the US authorities, in collaboration with the French and Dutch police, pointed out as responsible for these three black markets to more than one dozen people, most of them between 18 and 29 years. Some were responsible for the maintenance of websites, others of the upload.
Since that time, launched the judicial machinery, but in independent and separate cases. The accusations have not been the same for everyone, but move between “conspiracy to commit criminal infringement of copyright” and also “criminal infringement of copyright”.
Since then, those arrested have been declaring his guilt in each of the cases, becoming the first indicted for piracy in the markets of United States applications. Some tried to defend himself by claiming that they did not know what the users climbed to servers and even attempted to put a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the defense of one of them, Aaron Buckley.
After admitting the charges, all of them are being sentenced, although the specific information about each case penalty has not transcended. The only reference is that got TorrentFreak Kody Jon Peterson, SnappzMarket and app-related case. He agreed to give up his defense and a sentence of up to 5 years in prison be revised the third year, $250,000 fine and the obligation to put its expertise at the service of the FBI.
The latest in guilty were his companions in AppPlanet, who have accepted the charges this week, four years after the start of operation. They will not know what their sentence until August 1.
The three cases, in figures
Paterson, arrested with just 20 years old, was that achieved the greatest degree of success. According to figures provided by the U.S. Department of Justice in a recent statement, through AppPlanet four million copies were produced, whose value is quantified at $ 17 million.
The other two discharge platforms did not reach as high volume during its existence. The prosecution asked compensation managers of SanppzMarket worth $ 1.7 million, While that to the AppBucket were accused of favorcer a million downloads without licence valued at $700,000. They managed a profit of $80,000 in two years.
However, and based on that they themselves have assumed guilt, is impossible to shy away from a debate never faced from legal stays. Directly you can shock to a lost sale charged? Or what is the same, had been the same downloads have a cost?
The month of August, when the latest sentences handed down, closes a cycle. The shops of apps for Android parallel to Google Play managed from United States.