Why Piracy Is Rampant on Android Market

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-08-19 Print this article Print

And when they steal apps without backlash long enough, they get used to it, much the way thousands of users snapped up pirated digital music from Napster, Limewire and myriad other peer-to-peer sharing Websites.

"Some of them will be paying, if nothing else because it's more convenient, but the risk is that a significant portion of users will not like the idea of suddenly paying for something that so far has been available at no cost," Pingdom wrote.

"Google will effectively have created 'pirates' out of people who may otherwise not have gone down that route. To say that this would severely hinder Android developers from making a living is an understatement."

Google took baby steps to hinder piracy in July by creating a free licensing service to protect paid applications in the Android Market from unauthorized use. The service will prevent users from downloading paid applications without paying for them.

But Google is certainly aware of the larger, looming issue of the dearth in paid app availability. Jonathan Rosenberg, senior vice president for product management at Google, acknowledged billing infrastructure was a pressing need for the Android Market.

To remedy this, Google is reportedly in talks with PayPal to offer the e-commerce payment platform as an option for purchasing applications through the Android Market.

PayPal, the popular payment service that sports 87 million accounts, would join Google Checkout and credit cards as payment options in the Android Market.

Neither Google nor PayPal confirmed the talks, but they make sense for both companies. Google would get a robust billing platform to sell apps. PayPal would boost its presence on a leading mobile app platform.

For Android developers, and those who wish to develop and sell apps in countries Android Market currently doesn't support, such a deal can't come soon enough.



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