The Ukraine has often been seen as a haven for music piracy, from the days of unlicensed MP3 stores. Yet a group of rightsholders there are hitting back against piracy through an initiative called ‘Clear Sky’, with their latest announcement focused on the role being played in piracy by big US firms like… Apple and Google? Yep. The rightsholders are pointing out that a number of iOS and Android apps available in the company’s respective app stores are enabling piracy of music, films and TV shows, including Music.ex.ua, EX Plus, LazyEXua, EX.ua Cinema and Kartina TV. The first of those apparently streams music from its Ukrainian filesharing parent site for free. “It is obvious that certain Apple and Android mobile apps available for download are publishing pirated content,” Clear Sky member Pavel Mykolyuk tells TorrentFreak. “Here in Ukraine, we are being made the scapegoat for online piracy and while we recognise and are acting on the problem within our country, we are increasingly fighting policy shortsightedness of Google and Apple regarding piracy enabling within their own marketplaces.”

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