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Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:10 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.

Criminal charges were levelled at leading members of "piracy groups" SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice.

"Copyright infringement discourages smart people from doing innovative things," US attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a release.

"This problem is especially acute when it comes to rapidly developing technologies, like apps for smartphones, and these defendants are now being held accountable for the intellectual property they stole."

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