05/26/2011 09:18 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
As the summer months approach and movie goers eagerly anticipate this year’s blockbuster films, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continues to crack down on websites selling counterfeit goods and copyrighted materials.
ICE is now in the fifth stage of “Operation In Our Sites,” an ongoing effort to seize the domain names of websites used to sell counterfeit goods and copyrighted materials. During the course of the operation, ICE HSI agents investigate websites suspected of illegal activity within the United States. If the materials sold or distributed by the website are found to be counterfeit or illegal upon inspection, the website domain names are then seized by federal authorities. Since the launch of “Operation In Our Sites” in June 2010, ICE HSI and the IPR Center have seized 125 domain names, seventy-six of which have now been forfeited to the U.S. Government.
These websites not only violate intellectual property but place Americans in danger of purchasing faulty and dangerous products and cost the American economy billions of dollars annually.
We applaud ICE’s continued efforts to protect the United States economy and the more than two million people who work in and count on a thriving movie industry.
View complete ICE bulletin here.