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  1. Financial Losses to Mobile Entertainment Piracy $3.4 Billion

Mobile Entertainment Piracy

News and information about piracy on mobile phones and tablets. Data about the pirated apps are collected from technology industry reports and other forms of public information sources.

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 prosecutors.

Another website providing pirated Android apps was SnappzMarket.com, which was also seized by criminal justice agencies in 2012. The website reportedly allowed over 1 million illegal downloads of pirated apps that were valued at $1.7 Million.

Source:  Chris Welch, “Justice Department lands first ever convictions against mobile app pirates,” The Verge, March 24, 2014.

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.

Source:  Olga Kharif, “Piracy Cuts Into Paid App Sales,” Bloomberg Businessweek, November 1, 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.

Source:  Roger Yu, “App piracy in China hurts developers’ bottom lines,” USA Today, August 14, 2012.


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.

53 percent of developers reported that Google, maker of the Android system, was too lax in its enforcement of app piracy.

Source: Brian Caulfield, “Software Pirates Plague Android Developers,” Forbes, September 9, 2011.

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.

Source: Esther Mwang, “300,000 Kenyans using counterfeit handsets,” Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, August 22, 2011.

There are an estimated 80,000 mobile phone brokers who upload pirated music, movies and ringtones onto memory cards in India.

Source:  Rhys Blakely, “India’s music millionaires turn to slumdog pirates for help,” Times, February 9,2010

In October 2009, an estimated 1.5 million people were using an iPhone or iTouch app that was pirated.

Source: Greg Yardley, “Piracy in the App Store (from 360iDev), Pinch Media, October 12, 2009.

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.

Source: Rob Schwartz, “Japanese Govt Set To Crack Down On Mobile Piracy,” Billboard.biz, September 8, 2009.

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.

Source:  International Intellectual Property Alliance, “2009 Special 301 Report on Copyright Protection and Enforcement,” February 19, 2009.

Piracy on mobile phones lead to an estimated 500,000 ringtones to be pirated in India in 2006.

Source: International Intellectual Property Alliance, “2006 Special 301 Report: India,” February 13, 2006.