On the ICE.gov website the organization reported the seizing of more than 1 million domain names that were infringing on intellectual property and selling counterfeit items.
From the release:
WASHINGTON – More than 1 million copyright-infringing website domain names selling counterfeit automotive parts, electrical components, personal care items and other fake goods were criminally and civilly seized in the past year through the combined efforts of law-enforcement agencies across the world, high-profile industry representatives and anti-counterfeiting associations.
The ongoing intellectual property enforcement initiative targeting fake websites, dubbed Operation In Our Sites, was facilitated by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a joint-task force agency led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The IPR Center, which stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to IP theft, worked directly with key international law-enforcement authorities and industry organizations representing the electronics sector, luxury brand-name designers, film and entertainment and several entities specializing in apparel and accessories through the major enforcement effort.
so the US still owns the Internet
Charles Christopher says
Sounds like the IPR Center is a “trusted notifier” …
I’d love to see a detailed analysis of the sites affected, to compare the results of a “trusted notifier” to a court of law.