The United States Department of Justice reported that the website Appbucket.net provided pirated copies of Android mobile apps to users. In the plea agreement with the websites two founders, criminal justice officials stated that over 1 million pirated apps were illegally downloaded from the website. The value of the downloads was over $700,000, according to… Continue reading Losses from Android Piracy Websites
According to a research report by Yankee Group, app piracy causes developers to lose between 20 to 50 percent. The sale of apps for mobile devices is expected to generate $10.1 Billion in 2012.
In a 2011 study of app piracy in China, a report found that 17 percent of apps available in Chinese app stores were either pirated copies or packaged by someone other than the original developer.
In addition, 85 percent of the apps available in a store for jail-broken phones in China were pirated copies.
In a survey of Android developers, one in three developers reported losing over $10,000 in revenue due to app piracy. 25 percent reported piracy caused an increase in server costs as unauthorized apps used up server space.
Up to 300,000 counterfeit mobile phones are being used in Kenya in 2011, according to telecom officials. The is equal to one out of every five mobile phones in use within the country.
There are an estimated 80,000 mobile phone brokers who upload pirated music, movies and ringtones onto memory cards in India.
In October 2009, an estimated 1.5 million people were using an iPhone or iTouch app that was pirated.
Music piracy in Japan lead to 407 million digital music tracks to be pirated onto mobile phones in Japan in 2008. The number of pirated music tracks is up from the 399 million that was pirated in 2007.
Music publishers in India lose up to $5 Million a year to piracy when their music is pirated onto mobile chip deices such as cell phones.
Piracy on mobile phones lead to an estimated 500,000 ringtones to be pirated in India in 2006.