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Feds Seize 130+ Domain Names in Mass Crackdown

Posted By admin On November 28, 2011 @ 7:40 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Torrent Freak [1]
Monday, November 28, 2011

US authorities have initiated the largest round of domain name seizures yet as part of their continued crackdown on counterfeit and piracy-related websites. With just a few days to go until “Cyber Monday” more than 100 domain names have been taken over by the feds to protect the commercial interests of US companies. The seizures are disputable, as the SOPA bill which aims to specifically legitimize such actions is still pending in Congress.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have resumed “Operation In Our Sites”, the domain name seizing initiative designed to crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting.

The new round comes exactly a year after [2] 82 domains, including Torrent-Finder, were taken over in 2010. At the time ICE labeled the actions “Cyber Monday crackdown,” referring to the Monday following Thanksgiving where consumers are persuaded to shop online.

TorrentFreak has identified more than 130 domains taken over by the government during the last 24 hours, which makes this the largest seizure round to date. The authorities have yet to comment via official channels, but we assume that they will use the same justification for the domain seizures as they did [3] last year.

Full story here. [1]

The Seized Domains

Seized [4]

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[1] Torrent Freak: http://torrentfreak.com/feds-seize-130-domain-names-in-mass-crackdown-111125/

[2] a year after: http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/

[3] they did: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1011/101129washington.htm

[4] Seized: http://www.scribd.com/doc/73752470

[5] U.S. Government Starts New Round of ‘Pirate’ Domain Seizures: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-government-starts-new-round-of-%e2%80%98pirate%e2%80%99-domain-seizures.html

[6] Federal officials take down 132 websites in ‘Cyber Monday’ crackdown: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-officials-take-down-132-websites-in-cyber-monday-crackdown.html

[7] No charge, no jury, no trial: Feds seize 100+ websites they claim to be selling pirated goods: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-charge-no-jury-no-trial-feds-seize-100-websites-they-claim-to-be-selling-pirated-goods.html

[8] Feds Seize Over 300 More Websites On Piracy Charges: http://www.prisonplanet.com/feds-seize-over-300-more-websites-on-piracy-charges.html

[9] Homeland Security Hijacks Domain Names of Sites That Allegedly Linked to Copyrighted Materials: http://www.prisonplanet.com/homeland-security-hijacks-domain-names-of-sites-that-allegedly-linked-to-copyrighted-materials.html

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