Counterfeit Crackdown: Websites Shut Down by Feds

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM EDT

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Counterfeit Crackdown: Websites Shut Down by Feds

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM EDT

Cyber Monday had a different meaning for the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to a news release issued Monday, Seizure orders have been executed against 150 domain names of commercial websites accused of the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works as part of Operation In Our Sites.

“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.”

The 150 seized domains are in the custody of the federal government.  Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and educates them that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime.

Read the entire Department of Justice news release HERE.