Atlanta
11 July 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

US secures another SnappzMarket conviction


SnappzMarket’s server manager, Joshua Taylor, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in the pirate Android app store.

The total value of copyright goods distributed by SnappzMarket totalled more than $1.7 million.

In 2012, US authorities seized SnappzMarket, along with several other websites offering pirated Android apps, and blocked access to them. Two years later, US courts began convicting those involved with the pirate app stores.

The domain seizures were the start of a long line of actions taken by US authorities against infringing websites, which began in earnest with Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload in January 2012 after successful convictions of The Pirate Bay’s four founders.

The leader of SnappzMarket, Scott Walton, and co-conspirator Kody Peterson admitted to their roles. Walton was sentenced to more than three years in prison, while Peterson was ordered to serve 12 months.

Taylor worked on SnappzMarket’s servers and was convicted of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.

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