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 $US17 ($22) 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 sentence on August 1.