Piracy Crackdown Knocks Infringing Sites Offline

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – “Cyber Monday” was yesterday and many people hit the web in search of unbeatable discounts.

However, online shopping doesn’t always come without problems.

There can be the threat of counterfeit merchandise. And that’s exactly what U.S. authorities have been focusing on during a government operation that began in June of last year.

The U.S. government has made a point that pirating merchandise can negatively impact legitimate merchandisers.

Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (also known as ICE) announced operation results, signaling that they had worked to recently shut down 150 different websites attempting to profit from counterfeit products.

Commenting on the matter in a news release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the matter, stating, “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.”

Meanwhile, the new 150 closures aren’t the first from the operation. They’re just part of a total of 350 sites shut down since the Federal operation began.

To get their results, Federal investigators completed online transactions with the accused internet counterfeiters.

Authorities say that just some of the counterfeit items included DVDs, sports jerseys, sunglasses, and more. To learn more information concerning the matter, view a news release here (ice.gov).