U.S. shuts down websites with suspected copyright infringement and selling pirated products

By on Nov 28, 2010 in Internet, Technology, United States, World Comments

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement shuts down websites with suspected copyright infringement and selling pirated products, as published on different US news sites on Friday.

According to the reports, more than 70 websites in the US has been seized by the government as part of its campaign against piracy, in which these sites were suspected to have been selling counterfeit products.

“This domain name has been seized by ICEHomeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.” This is the message that appears on the sites that were seized, in which a sample of a screenshot can be seen below.

Among the sites that were said to have been suspected as violating the copyright law and was seized as well are Torrent-Finder.com, OnSmash.com, RapGodfathers.com, and DaJazz1.com, in which the last three domains mentioned are music-related sites.

Meanwhile, a post at TorrentFreak.com says that the owner of Torrent-Finder.com is complaining and claiming that his domain has been ‘seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court’.

Nevertheless, the blog post also included a long list of US websites which were said to have been seized by the government due to suspected copyright infringement.

On the other hand, an ICE spokeswoman confirmed to the news that the agency accomplished court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names, but did not give any other related information.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time,” the spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

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