App Store piracy is a problem for many developers. Apple is aware of this, and in the interest of their App Store and of the developers who release content for it, they are sending DMCA takedown notices to services like Apptrackr. Apptrackr, for those who don’t know, is a service that allows users to find cracked apps.
It’s reported that Apple has scraped links from Apptrackr and has been sending out “huge takedown notices.” However, Apptrackr is trying to avoid copyright issues by moving their servers outside of the US and avoid a direct links to content.
However, as Ars Technica points out, it’s debated to what level piracy affects developers. Some developers have discovered that their piracy rate is as high as 80 percent, and that could definitely add up to millions for some of those developers. The other side of the argument is that those purchases may not have been made anyway as most of those people were too cheap to buy it in the first place.
Of course, some argue that Apptrackr is meant more as a way for users to “try before they buy.” Perhaps it sounds noble enough, but we doubt that’s the intent most users have when they download a free app.