Federal Government Seizes 150 Domain Names Dealing Counterfeit Goods

Authorities in the United States have seized 150 domain names which, according to allegations, deal in counterfeit and copyright goods.

“Operation In Our Sites” is the domain name seizing initiative by The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that has already seized 350 domain names in total since the start of this operation.

What makes these domain name seizures more shocking is that it falls directly on Cyber Monday, which is the largest shopping day online for the year. In Congress, they are currently debating whether to allow private rights holders to have the ability to block advertisement traffic and financing to websites they believe are violating their trademark and copyright rights.

“Through this operation we are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability, and today we have sent a clear message that the department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public’s economic welfare and public safety through robust intellectual property enforcement.”

The reason why federal authorities can seize these domain names is because Verisign (runs .com and .net) and the Public Interest Registry (runs .org) are organizations based in the United States. Under current laws of civil forfeiture, the individual losing the property must prove that whatever was seized was not used to commit crimes.

The message found in .gif image file on the seized websites reads, “This domain name has been seized by ICE – Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court under the authority of 18 U.S.C. 981 and 2323,” and then continues to list the penalties involved. These .gif image files found on the homepages of the seized domain names have gotten 77,000,000 pageviews.

Federal authorities have said that undercover agents were able to buy counterfeit handbags, sunglasses, shoes, movies, golf clubs, and sports jerseys, which lea to the domain name seizures.

Here is the full list of the 150 domain names that have been seized:

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