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    Apple reportedly cracking down on App Store pirates


    According to a post this morning on Ars Technica, Apple is taking legal measures to make it more difficult for pirated copies of App Store apps to make their way to the hands of iOS device owners. The company is sending takedown notices to Apptrackr, a site that commonly directs users to cracked versions of popular apps.

    The takedown notices are being sent under the auspices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is the US implementation of two treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Apptrackr developer "Dissident" says that Apple has scraped links from Apptrackr, and then sent takedown notices in an attempt to cut off access to the cracked apps. To combat Apple's anti-piracy efforts, Apptrackr has moved to servers outside of the US, and -- according to Ars -- is "using a form of redirection to avoid 'direct' links to infringing content."

    Some developers have reported that piracy rates for their apps are as high as 80 percent, which would result in losses in the millions of dollars for individual developers and possibly billions of dollars to Apple. Apptrackr defends their activities by saying that their "service" is "for application trials, and nothing else." On the Apptracker site "About Us" page, Dissident claims that "pirates who do not choose to purchase the applications they install are not lost sales. They were very, very likely never potential customers in the first place. Piracy's conversion rate is absurdly low, and developers know that."

    Regardless of how you personally feel about software piracy, it's fascinating to see that Apple is coming to the defense of App Store developers by attacking Apptrackr with takedown notices.

    Apple reportedly cracking down on App Store pirates originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.




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    Honestly, it's about time Apple started to take measures to protect the developers in this regard. I'm not going to dive into the argument with regard to piracy, I'm just glad to see that Apple is at least starting (after several years) to do something (especially since they are the ones that provide and enforce the DRM).
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    Piracy is a thorn in the side of software developers. Taking commercial software without paying for it is theft. Simple as that. Glad to see Apple starting to do something about it.

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    App Store is a good place to get the software. And this action enhanced it.

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    Why would you need to steal something that costs $3 anyway?

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    Some folks would steal it even it was free. It's a mental thing...

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    That would suck the life out of the whole experience for me. Oh, and yeah, it's stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimboMac View Post
    Piracy is a thorn in the side of software developers. Taking commercial software without paying for it is theft. Simple as that. Glad to see Apple starting to do something about it.
    This!! I"m not going to pretend or lie that I haven't partaken in this "piracy" thing that kids are talking about these days, but I have no problems when Apple (or anyone else for that matter) look out for the creators/developers of the software that people look to steal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petercrowell View Post
    Why would you need to steal something that costs $3 anyway?
    LOL so true!!
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    Key line of the article...

    and possibly billions of dollars to Apple.
    These actions are about Apple looking out for Apple shareholders and investors, not "creators" or "developers". As much as I like Apple, I'm not deluded into believing any company is altruistically interested in being an advocate for anyone else unless there is a sound business reason to do so. It does make for a romantic narrative though.
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