“The seizures are the result of a comprehensive enforcement action taken to prevent the infringement of copyrighted mobile device apps. The operation was coordinated with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French law enforcement officials.” (Justice News, August 21, 2012)
By visiting these 3 websites, it will display a banner titled “FBI anti-piracy warning” from FBI, Department of Justice and National Intellectual Property Rights Center.
This is the first case of website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces are seized according to Press Release from Department of Justice.
“The theft of intellectual property, particularly within the cyber arena, is a growing problem and one that cannot be ignored by the U.S government’s law enforcement community. These thefts cost companies millions of dollars and can even inhibit the development and implementation of new ideas and applications. The FBI, in working with its various corporate and government partners, is not only committed to combating such thefts but is well poised to coordinate with the many jurisdictions that are impacted by such activities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Lamkin.