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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