Pirate Admits To Illegally Distributing $22 Million Of Android Apps

Pirate Admits to Illegally Distributing $US17 ($22) 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. Image: Scott Akerman

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.

[DOJ via Engadget]