Looks like some folks are out of business and could be in even more trouble.
Federal officials said Thursday they have seized 70 websites that allegedly offered counterfeit merchandise as part of an ongoing effort targeting sites that infringe intellectual property.
Many seized sites of the operation, which was led by the Homeland Security Departmentís Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, were created to look like legitimate sites and even provided security certificates used to signal to consumers that they were shopping on a legitimate site.
U.S. agents made undercover purchases of a wide range of products, ranging from...
That action was a foregone conclusion. Owning a site selling replicas of goods protected by Trademark is the internet equivalent of having a bedroom full of stolen cartons of cigarettes, or painting the word Rolex on a case of Timex watches for resale. Eventually the knock on the door will come.
The people that built the brand do have an enforceable claim when someone slaps their logo on a different product and cuts the real owner out of his income. Hope none of our crew here got nailed in the crackdown.
US officials also seized many online gambling domains - even though the law is not entirely clear whether online poker is illegal in the US at a federal level. The DoJ seems to take action first and then later deal with the consequences. My view would be that if you have any business that the US authorities may disapprove of (even if in a grey legal area) do not use a .com domain!
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