Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is keeping the heat on counterfeiters by seizing domain names of websites used to sell counterfeit goods and illegally distribute copyrighted materials. This operation marks the fifth phase of "Operation In Our Sites," a sustained law enforcement initiative aimed at counterfeiting and piracy over the Internet.ICE puts the summer heat on counterfeiters --PSA released last month now has nearly 100,000 view WASHINGTON – As the summer months begin in the United States, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
The websites seized during this phase of "Operation In Our Sites" include: Mygolfaccessory.com, Freshkicks4u.com, Freshcaps4u.com, Watchnewfilms.com, Re1ease.net
During the course of the operation, ICE HSI agents investigated websites suspected of selling counterfeit goods and illegally distributing copyrighted material in the United States. Once the materials were confirmed as counterfeit or otherwise illegal, seizure orders for the domain names of the websites that sold or distributed the items were obtained from federal magistrate judges. Individuals accessing the websites will now find a banner notifying them that the domain name of that website has been seized by federal authorities.
If these names have become property of the US government, are they now held in perpetuity by the US government unless it assigns them elsewhere (such as
to the trademark holder on whose behalf they have seized them)?
registrer of the torrent-finder.com domain does not seem to have got
any notice of seizure when ICE seized it last August.
As to "PSA released last month now has nearly 100,000 views" in the
subtitle of ICE's
released, in <http://www.youtube.com/watch?
did not only disable comments, but ratings too.
ICE did not caption this PSA either (and they did not even allow YT's
automatic captioning), though the US govt's "Electronic and
Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508)"
"...§ 1194.24 Video and multimedia products.(...)
(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions
which support the agency’s mission, regardless of format, that contain
speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of
the content, shall be open or closed captioned. ..."
So I did in <http://www.
which also produces a transcript (1):
Hawker: Free movies, I got free movies!
Woman: What do you mean?
Hawker: the same movies you see in the theater, I've got them on DVD
and they're free.
Hawker: Free - furreee. I'll be honest: they are illegally downloaded,
but they are free.
Man: Yeah, OK I'll take them.
Woman: Can I take two?
Hawker: Sure, you can take two, but there is a catch: if you take
these movies, this nice woman right here loses her job.
Man: I don't know her.
Woman: No, you don't...
Hawker: Yeah: these are illegally downloaded movies. Because of that,
people like her are losing their jobs.
Man: ...making this so literal. I mean is this really
Man: Is this the consequence of all this stuff? I'm going to take them.
Hawker: You are? - Man: Yeah. Hawker: Why? Because you have no soul?
Woman: If I take this, she loses her job?
Hawker: That's right. It's real.
Man: I'm gonna just take three. Just three.
Hawker: You are wrong with everything. What's more important? The
movie, or this human being?
Woman: no, I'm not taking them
Hawker: You see? You're a nice person - She's a nice person, she just
didn't know. And now you know. Look, whether you get it of the street
or of the internet, digital piracy and product counterfeiting are not
victimless crimes. The financial repercussions are huge.
Hawker (on beat music): Show the world that piracy doesn't work. Do it!
(music fades to street noises; written message: PIRACY DOESN'T WORK.
Lean more about how to fight IP theft and submit a tip by visiting
(there is also a mute victim character who holds something that looks
like a dusting mop to folks who don't work in video - actually a pro
mike with a furry wind protection)
Now, re "illegally downloaded movies", I don't know exactly about
other countries, but in Swiss and Italian laws at least, :
offering/selling/uploading an illegal copy is illegal, but
downloading/buying one is not illegal, because folks can't be
expected to be able to tell if the copy is legal or not. So "illegally
downloaded movies" does not make legal sense.