Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye have pleaded guilty to distributing counterfeit Android apps. This is the first ever conviction that involves pirated mobile app copyright infringement. Narbone and Dye pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. These two men were accused of distributing over a million copies of copyrighted apps with a value of over $700,000.
?These mark the first convictions secured by the Justice Department against those who illegally distribute counterfeit mobile apps,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General David O?Neil. “These men trampled on the intellectual property rights of others when they and other members of the Appbucket group distributed more than one million copies of pirated apps.”
The two men were behind Appbucket, and illegal online market that was shut down in 2012. Appbuck, Snappzmarket, and Applanet were shut down in a test case for seizing website domains. Narbone was the leader and Dye was named a co-conspirator. The two men were charged on January 24th along with Appbucket co-conspirator Thomas Pace and Kody Peterson of SnappzMarket. Narbone is scheduled to be sentenced on July 8th and Allen is scheduled for June 12th. Both of these men could face up to 5 years in prison, according to DigitalTrends.