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Apple sends takedowns to stop pirate-friendly iOS apps

updated 05:55 pm EST, Fri December 30, 2011

Apple shuts down cracked iOS app culture

Pirate app haven Apptrackr revealed in an update for its Installous app installer that Apple has been cracking down on its bootlegs. "Huge" volumes of takedown requests have made it move servers to areas with looser copyright laws and impose Captcha checks to avoid the legal ramifications of direct links. New hosts were also coming to diminish the impact.

The group is warning that it can't afford the offshoring solely through donations and will have to run ads at the same time.

Little sympathy is likely to exist for Apptrackr, whose site essentially revolves around getting normally for-pay apps for free and outside of the App Store. Piracy has been a known issue for most mobile app stores, but Apple has done little to publicly acknowledge it or curb it in a conspicuous way.

Google's piracy situation is believed to be worse by its nature. As Android owners only need to check a box to install apps that aren't available in Android Market, they can visit third-party stores or download directly from the web. The company is known to take a reactive approach even to apps within the Market and hasn't pursued pirates itself. [via iJailbreak]

by MacNN Staff



  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How ironic...

    So these guys are asking for donations and wanting to earn ad revenue so they can give away pirated apps that developers have worked hard to build? How ironic that they are trying to make a living by steeling other people's work. Perhaps they need to spend their valuable time building apps themselves and then watch helplessly as other people steel their work too.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gotta agree.

    Not saying that I never pirate things, I get every cable channel as a result of my job, but I still download stuff just because it's more convenient and often the stuff isn't airing anymore or something like that. But when Vuze keeps trying to get me to give them 30 bucks for helping me not give my 30 bucks to a TV studio ... that's just a little silly.

  1. WaltFrench

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Horse Pucky

    "Salty" said, "I still download stuff just because it's more convenient."

    And I say what utter BS. A few seconds (if that) of your execrable life trumps the developers' rights to their work being paid for?

    Maybe you gave too long a password on your AppleID to keep OTHERS from ripping YOU off? Is that why it's inconvenient?

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pirate's Bay...

    ...made money doing the same thing: Ripping off other people's work and making money by putting up ads. They raked in millions.

  1. facebook_Alexander

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    Joined: Jan 2012


    iPhone costs too much

    I don't have money left to buy apps :) And anyways, they have hundreds of thousands of downloads, if a few hundred of them don't pay.. who cares.. even Apple didn't seem to care..with the new 4S is no jailbreak available therefor no pirated apps.. so take it easy guys

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