Several sources are reporting that Homeland Security has seized domain names associated with peer-to-peer file sharing sites and those that allegedly deal in counterfeit goods.
The domain was seized without any prior notification to the domain owner and without going through the court system.
The seizures were apparently conducted by a branch of Homeland Security known as ICE.
Some of the seized domains include one that was a “search engine” type of site called Torrent-Finder.com, several were sites that allegedly sold counterfeit goods:
and several others were sites that were involved in the transmission of music transfers:
Each of the sites now carry the following on the domains:
“Willful copyright infringement is a federal crime that carries penalties for first time offenders of up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.”
At least one of the ceased domains is back up and operating on a .info extension: rapgodfathers.info
Last week the Senate committee passes the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” which would allow the seizure of domain names regardless of where the owner of the domain lives, or where the domain is registered thereby globalizing this governmental action.
The bill would still be passed by the full Senate, House and signed by the President before going into effect.
You can also read the US government position on this issue here on a previous seizure