The United States Department of Justice teamed up with Dutch and French law enforcement to cut down on the distribution of illegal Android apps. Popular piracy websites—Appbucket.net, Snappzmarket.com, and Applanet.net—now display a FBI seizure notice on their homepages. 

In a statement, assistant attorney general Lanny A. Breuer discussed why criminal copyright is a priority of the Justice Department's Criminal Division:

"Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation's economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it." 

To paraphrase Jay-Z, "Whoever said illegal was the easy way out" better visit the Google Play store from now on because the Justice Department is not playing.

[via Information Week]