Call it a Cyber Monday cyber-crackdown.
The United States government has significantly ramped up its efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy, shutting down dozens of websites linked to the sale or distribution of fake goods, as well as sites that facilitate online file-sharing.
On Monday morning, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the seizures of 82 websites. The new crackdown, part of “Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0,” is aimed at websites that sell counterfeit goods like fake scarves and golf gear, as well sites that that facilitate what the government deems to be illegal music piracy, officials said. The announcement appears timed to coincide with Cyber Monday, the start of the holiday online shopping season.
“Intellectual property crimes are not victimless,” Holder said in a statement. “The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs.” Read more here.
Date: November 30, 2010