ICE Seizes 132 Domains & This Time Its Global, Not Just .Com & .Net

ICE today announced that 132 domain names were seized for selling counterfeit products.

However not only were .com’s and .net’s targeted this time.

While 101 of the domain names were with a registry located in the United States, 31 ccTLD’s domain names were seized as well.

Domain names ending in  .eu, .be, .dk, .fr, .ro and .uk were all seized.

“This operation is a great example of the tremendous cooperation between ICE and our international partners at the IPR Center,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Our partnerships enable us to go after criminals who are duping unsuspecting shoppers all over the world.  This is not an American problem, it is a global one and it is a fight we must win.”

“Europol became a member of the IPR Center this year and I am glad to be able to announce these operational successes,” said Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol. “IPR theft is not a harmless and victimless crime. It can cause serious health and safety risks and it undermines our economy.”

“The domain names seized are now in the custody of the governments involved in these operations. Visitors typing those domain names into their Web browsers will now find a banner that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of willful copyright infringement.”

“In addition to the domain name seizures, officials identified PayPal accounts utilized by the infringing websites. Proceeds received through the identified PayPal accounts, in excess of $175,000, are currently being targeted for seizure by the investigating HSI field offices.”

“During this operation, federal law enforcement officers made undercover purchases of a host of products; including professional sports jerseys, DVD sets, and a variety of clothing, jewelry and luxury goods from online retailers who were suspected of selling counterfeit products. If the copyright holders confirmed that the purchased products were counterfeit or otherwise illegal, seizure orders for the domain names of the websites that sold these goods were obtained from federal magistrate judges.”

“Of the 1,529 previous domain names seized, 684 have now been forfeited to the U.S. government.”

Owner of Domains Seized In December By ICE Sentenced To 40 Months In Prision

Back in December 2011, we reported that the Homeland Security ICE department seized 11 domain names for selling pirated movies, TV shows and games.

Yesterday the owner of two of the 11 seized domains, 36-year old Sang Jin Kim was sentenced by a federal judge to to 40 months in prison and was ordered him to forfeit more than $400,000 in assets.

The two domains were 007disk.com and 82movie.com

According to a press release by ICE:

“”Prosecutors charged Kim with criminal copyright infringement in November of 2011 and seized the domains 82movie.com and 007disk.com. Prosecutors claimed that Kim ran an online piracy empire through his Washington-based company World Multimedia Group Inc. The sites offered pirated versions of popular movies, Korean TV shows, software and video games, according to prosecutors.”

“After an undisclosed source in South Korea alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs officials (ICE) of Kim’s activities, they set up a meeting with him. ”

“Undercover ICE agents met with Kim in September 2010 to discuss selling the website and server for 007disk.com. ”

“Kim told undercover ICE agents that he knew what he was doing was illegal and would often receive takedown notices from copyright holders. He would remove the items in question, wait and put them back up…”

“Ultimately Kim pled guilty to the charges. He was sentenced last Friday.”