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  • Apple Issuing Take Down Notices to Major Piracy Sources

    Apple is finally attacking their money-making barricades.

    Piracy is a large problem in the computer world and one company that's really feeling the pain from it is Apple. As we know Apple takes a thirty percent cut from all App Store sales. This means it makes sense that Apple would want to kill off any iOS piracy firms. One of the large firms can be accessed from iDevices through a Cydia source with their own application. This is one reason why Apple doesn't want us jailbreaking our iDevices. We don't condone piracy and it isn't allowed here. Apple doesn't want it around either.

    Cracked iOS applications cost Apple a ton of money. Millions are downloaded each day out of ignorance that people are really hurting the companies. Millions more are downloaded each day on purpose because people want stuff for free and simply don't care that what they're doing is wrong. The after effect of all of these applications not being sold is Apple and the hard-working developers included losing out on billions of dollars.

    Apple has issued 'take down' warnings to one of these firms in attempt to destroy the firm. This firm is taking measures into their own hands to try and avoid being shut down by moving their servers to countries around the world where copyright isn't applicable. A cowardly move by the firm involved - they are attempting to keep the servers up and running completely against Apple's demands and against United States copyright laws. The firm said this:

    Originally Posted by Piracy Firm:
    Over the last several months, Apple has been scraping [piracy firm name withdrawn] for links and sending huge takedown notices for a ton of content. We’ve been working to keep [piracy firm name withdrawn] up-to-date, but the only (effective) way to prevent automated takedowns was to add a CAPTCHA to outbound links. In addition, we finished moving our servers to several different countries earlier this week. This has raised our costs far beyond what we can afford with declining donations, meaning that we will have to place an advertisement on that CAPTCHA page.
    With Apple supporting the SOPA bill by proxy early in the beginning of its introduction and later backing away from it, we can now see why Apple is so stifling about piracy. Apple backed out of the SOPA bill only because of the seemingly questionable powers that it gives the government and businesses. Aside from that, the idea of being able to shut down piracy firms sounded good to them. We will likely see more bills similar to SOPA in the future that try to keep piracy from existing.

    We expect that with Apple attacking one of the largest cracked iOS application firms, we will see much more coming up. Like all companies, they are out to make money and anything that stands in their way is a threat that needs to be terminated. Companies have fought piracy for ages - will Apple be able to put tighter control on it? Only time will tell.

    Do you think Apple will be successful in breaking most iOS piracy in half? Share in the comments.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Issuing Take Down Notices to Major Piracy Sources started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 204 Comments
    1. SYFARpr's Avatar
      SYFARpr -
      I Think Its Becuase Of The Jailbreaking Apple Sales So Much iPhones... Is a iPhone Worth it With Out a Jailbreak???? Not Even Youtube Videos Can Be Watched In Good Quality If Is Not With Wifi....
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      lol most ppl do not jailbreak thats just a fact im not saying ppl dont its just they far outnumber those who do
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ggab View Post
      Not sure why you say it's all up to the developer. It would help if a developer was even allowed to offer free trials of apps in the AppStore. Although they are considering it according to that article. I'm fine with buying a $.99 cent app blindly (or going off the reviews), but a $50 navigation app? Hell no.
      For price problems there are free alternatives. Try Waze for navigation. Problem solved.

      App developers are allowed to offer free trials. They're called Lite versions. They've been around since the dawn of the app store (Angry Birds, etc.).
    1. Mrdabbas's Avatar
      Mrdabbas -
      Apple is still the richest company in the world... Not saying it's right to get free apps.. But it's kinda like the robin hood story.. We can't really call him a thief.. Even though he did steal

      Let's not wonder how much richer apple could be.. They have too much of it..
    1. baskie's Avatar
      baskie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      For price problems there are free alternatives. Try Waze for navigation. Problem solved.

      App developers are allowed to offer free trials. They're called Lite versions. They've been around since the dawn of the app store (Angry Birds, etc.).
      Are dev's allowed to make lite versions that stop working after a given time period?
    1. killakill's Avatar
      killakill -
      Nobody is losing out on billions of dollars. The vast majority, and I do mean vast, of people that pirate downloads is because they can't afford them, therefore they ar not losing all that money because the people would not be able to afford it in the first place. I don't condone piracy, but don't make it look like it is hurting the business to the extent you are trying make it seem.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by baskie View Post
      Are dev's allowed to make lite versions that stop working after a given time period?
      Think about it.

      Angry Birds lite only has one page of levels. Angry Birds has tons of pages of levels.

      Timed trials or limited trials. It really doesn't make a difference they're both trials. You're trying to blindside me.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Agent929 View Post
      I wouldn't say it's real news if you censor out stuff like we're 4. I'm sure most already know the name of it but god forbid it get repeated here. (yes I agree with the article, I'm just pissed because it's like blasphemy to say it on these forums regardless if we use it or not)



      +1
      It's really quite simple. This forum has rules in place to protect you the members and the owners of the site. They are there so that this site does not get "take down" requests from Apple. So people still have a place to come and learn about jailbreaking and all the great things it can bring to an idevice that are legal. That is why we do not allow that app or any other regarding warez to be mentioned here. There is nothing childish about that. I cannot speak for everyone but I do not judge what you or any other member may do to your device on your own time. However if you want to post on this site you will follow the rules.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by SYFARpr View Post
      I Think Its Becuase Of The Jailbreaking Apple Sales So Much iPhones... Is a iPhone Worth it With Out a Jailbreak???? Not Even Youtube Videos Can Be Watched In Good Quality If Is Not With Wifi....
      I have my 4S and iPad 2 up for sale because I can't stand it without it jailbroken.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Let ********* crash and burn!
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I use "that app" all the time, I see no reason why I should pay for an App that I was never going to buy in the first place and then never use it. May as well use "that app" to try it out.
      We hackers will just stay a step ahead of apple just like the reason we jailbreak it does not hurt the greedy pigs I will never pay for a app if I can get it free there is no reason too would you work for less money if a job payed more or pay more income tax just because you could of course NOT!

      Apple is just plain Greedy that is the only reason for this I for one will never stop using cracked apps would you pay more income tax just because you could of course NOT!
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      This thread is gonna get TONS of debate. This subject is not as black and white as the author depicts it to be.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      It's not Apple's job to offer trial periods. It's the developer's job. The big picture here is that if you need something - know what you want and then buy it. You don't need to pirate for an excuse to get things for free - trying it or not.

      I have asked numerous developers in person if I could try something and they were more than happy to let me have a try with it.
      I wholeheartedly disagree. How hard would it be to allow an hour to refund an app? Answer: it wouldn't. A lot of trials on apps in the app store are incredibly limited because they have to be. Short of requiring a log-in, there is often no way to give all of the functionality of an app and then still give incentive to actually go out and buy it. I am sure MANY a developer would be perfectly happy to allow a trial time for the software. If you enjoy the software, just keep it after the trial period. If not, drop it for a full refund.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      This thread is gonna get TONS of debate. This subject is not as black and white as the author depicts it to be.
      Don't blame me - blame the rules. I can only discuss what is permitted here.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by katsumex View Post
      Posted by skrillex


      Sorry just my opinion on this
      It's one thing if the author is saying its ok, it's another for you to say that everything should be free even if the author says otherwise.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      It's one thing if the author is saying its ok, it's another for you to say that everything should be free even if the author says otherwise.
      Exactly; if the author lets you then you're fine. Consent to own something is different than just taking it.
    1. 3xpl05iv3's Avatar
      3xpl05iv3 -
      I have been both a pirate and a developer for years and can say that like it or not developer programing and reverse engineering go hand in hand, I develop stuff and sell it because I have no money either but I also give it away free if asked, I crack stuff and have been for a good 12-13 years, I havent brought (with the exception of an anti virus software that I share a 3 pc licence with) a pc app, phone app, opperating system, album or film for all that time, love me or hate me the reason I havent is I couldnt afford to,& that aint likely to change any time soon! So really no one has lost out but I have gained a respect for for the music films software and games I've had the pleasure in usingall these years, as a developer I would be happy to see people wanting to share and pirate my stuff.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      We hackers will just stay a step ahead of apple just like the reason we jailbreak it does not hurt the greedy pigs I will never pay for a app if I can get it free there is no reason too would you work for less money if a job payed more or pay more income tax just because you could of course NOT!

      Apple is just plain Greedy that is the only reason for this I for one will never stop using cracked apps would you pay more income tax just because you could of course NOT!
      Apple is being greedy when you are taking stuff you didn't earn? Not all the developers of these apps are rich, most of the money you are taking away is from them.
    1. mori's Avatar
      mori -
      I think that if apple wanted to curve some of the "piracy" they should allow more into the app store. Allow stuf like winterboard or dreamboard. Things like sb setting. My3g etc etc etc

      That's the main reason I jb. For those apps among others
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      For price problems there are free alternatives. Try Waze for navigation. Problem solved.

      App developers are allowed to offer free trials. They're called Lite versions. They've been around since the dawn of the app store (Angry Birds, etc.).
      That's a retarded suggestion. Waze requires data. Problem isn't "solved". Your head is so far up Apple's *** that you can't admit that them not allowing free trials of real, full versions of apps is stupid. Lite versions aren't real "trials". They don't allow trials in the Mac AppStore either. Dumb dumb dumb...