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U.S. Department Of Justice makes its first ever conviction against mobile app pirates

By Himanshu Arora ยท 13 replies
Mar 25, 2014
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  1. The U.S. Department Of Justice has convicted two men for illegally distributing copyrighted Android apps. Accused Nicholas Anthony Narbone, 26, and "co-conspirator" Thomas Allen Dye, 21, ran Appbucket.net and according to the authorities illegally distributed more than 1 million copies...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    5 years sentance are you serious and $1.7mill worth of damages... sorry but this is pathetic ITS MOBILE APPS!!!! They are pretty useless at the moment plus you could rape/murder someone and get less time!!!! The justice system is pathetic plus how many people actually use illegal apps for mobile.. I have never heard of anyone using them except for maybe 1 app which is flappy birds... This is beyond a joke.

    I could understand if it was like pirate bay for software but its mobile apps for f sake...
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    Pirating apps...Really guys, was the whole 99 Cents just to much to bear so you had to make a pirating site...

    Such Rebels...

    I agree, yet I still stand by saying that its just a 99 Cent App (Well there maybe some extreme cases of course but w/e). Why we need pirating sites for that is beyond me...
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
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  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Makes you realize why real criminals are out walking the streets instead of serving time its because of the justice system has its priorities straight.....
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Well... for starters mobile apps are still a huge business and secondly, hardly anyone serves the maximum prison sentence for a crime. The 5 years is just what is legally possible, they haven't been sentenced yet. The judge could decide that 2 days of community service and a fine of $50 is enough. They only have severe penalties so that severe offenders don't get off easy. They won't get anywhere near the maximum penalty.
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    Indeed, though I sympathize in the regard that it is 'illegal' and they shouldn't do it. But at the same time the priorities seem to at times get out of place and certain things get hit first. Sometimes while things that are obviously much worse than pirating apps, it can also come down to the fact that it was just an easier catch. I mean an app pirate site running out of the U.S. is very easily caught in all honesty even with the right precautions and the fact these guys were 26 and 21 just escalates that further.

    Its just a foolish ordeal in general all to save 99 cents on apps (Maybe 5 bucks in some cases) made by private people working out of their home or such which in my idea is pretty pathetic.
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  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Trust me the justice system is corrupt they will get the maximum penalty... pirates these days get harsher sentances than a serial killer... Soon I will be able to behead someone in the streets and a cop will walk by not even battering a eyelid because he is on his way to bust a 12yr old for downloading the latest batman film...
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Actually, the vast majority of pirates never get prosecuted at all. How many people downloaded Game of Thrones from pirate bay? What percentage of them are in jail?
  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Out of the 2.4billion downloader only a few hundred thousand get prosecuted but still it makes you wonder why instead of catching murders/rapists the police/justice system is wasting tax payers money catching people who aren't doing any damage at all...

    Makes you wonder why the justice system doesnt realize that people arent billionaires and cant afford those 10,000 CD's for them music they like or for everysingle film they want. I download everything because I am jobless.... not because I am a millionaire which im not unlike what the lawyers and justice system think I am.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,430   +457

    I dled plants vs zombies 2 for droid, they only released it for apple but some smart guy hacked it for droid, so I grabbed it, I dont have anything apple. The game is free, so who cares?

    p.s. its free in the app store and now avail n free across all platforms
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
  11. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    The justice system who care more about downloaders than murderers.
  12. Gotta e careful. Might get that one judge that puts sentences you to prison for it. Wouldn't want to get shanked because you downloaded a game
  13. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    its all because the justice system cba to catch real criminals.
  14. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Addict Posts: 179   +119

    Not sure if you have a grasp on things^.

    People are stealing these Apps, it is the duty of the Justice Department to go after those who are DISTRIBUTING that stolen software. (and/or those stealing)

    Secondly, NOBODY cares about the fact you are disgruntled, or hate people who have a job. Part of owning a 10,000 CD collection, is amassing it over the 25+ years it takes to collect it. You don't have to be a Millionaire to own a CD collection, you just have to have the WILL.

    Lastly, they didn't go after a couple hundred thousand of people...LOL (that's 200,000). Why do u keep making stuff up..? Do you understand, that Justice can be served on all fronts, not just one at a time? (Meaning they can go after thieves & murderers at the same time.)

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