Cyber Monday Crackdown: ICE, ICE baby

ICE grabs some 150 domains in a Cyber Monday deal.

More domains practicing the illegal game of selling counterfeit goods and soliciting piracy were seized today by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

In a message, the U.S. State Department declared:

“Seizure orders have been executed against 150 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.”

The report continues:

“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.”

“For most, the holidays represent a season of good will and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers,” said ICE Director John Morton. “More and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online, and they may not realize that purchasing counterfeit goods results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen and American consumers receiving substandard products. And the ramifications can be even greater because the illicit profits made from these types of illegal ventures often fuel other kinds of organized crime.”

Tough times for Chinese Ugg boot counterfeiters! 😀

The full list of domains can be found on this PDF file.

For more information read the full USSD press release.

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