Just like normal software for computers, mobile apps can be pirated too, which is why the team Evad3rs received a lot of flak when they included the Taig Chinese store in their jailbreak which was found to play home to a lot of cracked and pirated apps. Unfortunately pirated mobile apps is an ongoing thing and we guess there are users out who find that $0.99 is still too dear of a price to pay.
That being said while we have heard of how courts have managed to land convictions for pirating movies and music, the same cannot be said for mobile apps, at least until recently where the Justice Department has managed to successfully land their first ever conviction against mobile app pirates.
Two men who have been charged with operating a website which specializes in pirated Android apps have recently pleaded guilty to the charges filed by the Department of Justice. One of them, a certain Nicholas Anthony Narbone, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.
His co-conspirator, Thomas Allen Dye, also plead guilty to the same charge. The sentencing of both of them remain unknown for now, but they are both expected to be sentenced on the 8th of July and 12th of June respectively and could face a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison. Yikes, really makes you think twice the next time you plan on downloading that pirated app, huh?