Pirate Admits to Helping Illegally Distribute $17 Million of Android Apps

In 2012, the Department of Justice clamped down on Android app piracy and now convictions are being made—along with the announcement of some incredible figures.

The Department of Justice reports that 22-year-old Aaron Blake Buckley from Moss Point, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to counts of criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Arguably he didn’t have much choice: Between May 2010 through August 2012, he helped run Applanet, distributing over 4 million pirated Android apps that would have retailed for more than $17 million. The site was seized in 2012 by the DoJ.


Gary Edwin Sharp from Uxbridge, Massachusetts—who worked with Buckley—pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement earlier this year. The pair will be sentenced on August 1st.

[DOJ via Engadget]

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