U.S. Government Seizes Domains Selling Counterfeit Goods

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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373549,00.asp

http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have seized the domain names of 82 commercial Web sites that are accused of selling and distributing counterfeit goods and copyrighted material.

The crackdown was part of an effort known as "Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0." It targeted Web sites that trafficked in fake sports equipment, shoes, handbags, athletic apparel and sunglasses as well as illegal copies of copyrighted DVD boxed sets, music, and software, the agencies said Monday.

"By seizing these domain names, we have disrupted the sale of thousands of counterfeit items, while also cutting off funds to those willing to exploit the ingenuity of others for their own personal gain," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "Intellectual property crimes are not victimless. The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs."

"The sale of counterfeit U.S. brands on the Internet steals the creative work of others, costs our economy jobs and revenue and can threaten the health and safety of American consumers," said John Morton, director of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).​

Yay! Just thought I'd share this :smile:
 

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I heard about this on Canadian Broadcasting radio.

Hurray for those involved with the crackdown!