U.S. Seizes 150 Domain Names for Sites Selling Counterfeit Goods


Federal authorities have seized 150 domain names for Web sites that featured alleged knock-offs of authentic jerseys, handbags, sports equipment, and other items, reports the Blog of Legal Times. The results of the undercover operation “In Our Sites” top a crackdown last year, when investigators shut down 82 web sites. In most cases, the person or people operating the commercial sites do not challenge the domain name seizure in court, said Lanny Breuer, who heads the Justice Department’s criminal division.

John Morton, who heads the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said, “We want to promote a lawful online environment as much as we can and that means going after the small but significant number of Web sites that are engaged in frauds on consumers.” In most cases the goods were shipped to the U.S. from another country. China was a main source for much of the goods. Since 2010, federal authorities have shut down 350 domain names through “Operation In Our Sites.” Of the 350, 116 sites are now the property of the government.

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