Pirate Admits to Illegally Distributing £11.6 Million of Android Apps

By Jamie Condliffe on at

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

The DOJ reports that 22-year-old Aaron Blake Buckley from 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 four million pirated Android apps that would have retailed for more than $17 million (£11.6m). 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]