he Justice Department seized a piece of the Internet Monday afternoon. Three website domains names were seized that officials said illegally distributed copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia, and Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office made the announcement Wednesday, saying that this is the first time website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces have been seized.
The operation was coordinated with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French law enforcement officials. The three seized domain names—applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com—are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and