iPhone App Piracy Awareness

Overview

mtiks’ vision is to support iOS App Developers to fight against App Piracy and provide a framework for technology protection measures.

App Piracy – another perspective

Piracy is an ongoing issue. Starting with movie DVDs, songs, ebooks, software, and photos, mobile apps have recently been added to this list with the huge success of iPhone/iPad innovations and the App Store, consisting of 250,000+ apps and with 6.5 billion downloads (refer: App Store Wikipedia).

The App Store is a dream come true for many individual Developers, a way for small & medium companies to promote their business through apps, and corporations to expand their horizons in branding and marketing, but however is unfortunately a boon/boom for black markets (third party stores, illegal websites, peer-to-peer networks and more).

iPhone App PiracyPiracy is a global issue with many hands on it without boundaries, races or religions. Pirates or Pirated App consumers are not individuals sitting in a separate island but rather among society – especially iPhone consumers who bought the device.

It is very important for us to understand the difference between hackers, Pirated App consumers and those in between. Hackers are the ones with the technical knowledge, who develop tools/technology to crack these apps in first place, make those tools and technologies available to the public, initially through websites or forums, and educate others through Youtube videos and other means of communication.

Those “in between” are the ones who circulate these apps in peer-to-peer networks (torrent websites), and illegally host the apps in bulk, with thousands of iPhone apps in one archived file, on file sharing websites such as rapidshare or megaupload.

The “in between” do not neccessarily have technical knowledge but they distribute Pirated Apps for various reasons – one major reason is to earn points on these sites whenever users download a Pirated App from them (users = iphone app consumers), and those points enable them to download other files, movies, ebooks, or software etc. for free.

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