Feds Seize Websites Hawking Knockoffs
Dozens of sites linked to counterfeit goods being shut down
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Part of the 'seized' image that's showing up on websites.   (www.borntrade.com)

(Newser) – If you've been looking for bargains online the last few days, you may have come across a message instead from your friendly Homeland Security Department: "This website has been seized ..." The feds have been shutting down dozens of sites that appeared to be selling knockoffs of items such as NFL jerseys or designer handbags, reports TorrentFreak, which has a lengthy list of seized domains.

Authorities also shut down torrent sites that helped people download copyrighted music, notes Business Insider. (Why a matter of homeland security? The crackdown comes from the DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, which has sway in matters of counterfeit goods and intellectual property.)

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Nov 27, 2010 7:54 PM CST
feds seize coins, currency, fed seize poker winnings, fed seize assets of movie pirates, fed seize toy guns. feds seize rights. i'm weary of all this fed crap. fuck the feds. who are these feds? what agency? what department? why don't the so-called FEDS go after the elite senators and congressmen in our govt? they are the haymakers in a manner of speaking. thrashers. no not the songbirds, the guilty ones the thrashers hat separates the seed from the husk. thrasher - a farm machine for separating seeds or grain from the husks and straw. sorry folks. i got a little too much shirzaz-cabernet under my belt post /thanksgiving/ pre/xmas. lol.
Nov 27, 2010 12:15 AM CST
i don't mind the fed & law enforecment visiting my facebook no intend to break the law just a true story wiith friend
Nov 26, 2010 9:21 PM CST
While I have no problem with websites being taken down for illegal actions, I **do** have a problem with websites being taken down without due process of the law. I am wondering if they were just pointed at and removed or if they in fact went through the legal processes that taking away your brick and mortar store front would take. I would put money on the former.