132 websites seized for selling counterfeit goods

During the holiday season, presents are bought from stores or online. But one thing rings true; everyone is after a bargain.

A joint operation conducted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the UK, and the European Police Office (Europol) has seized a total of 132 websites and made one arrest, cracking down on websites selling counterfeit goods.

The infringing websites have also had their PayPal accounts identified, with over $175,000 being targeted for seizure by the HSI. With Thanksgiving leading to Black Friday, the sting was organised to coincide with ‘Cyber Monday,’ the Monday where everyone is back in the office, looking for last minute bargains for the holiday season. ICE has since said:

The websites were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods during the holiday shopping season.

Products from DVDs to clothing were identified by federal law officials as counterfeit, but authenticity needed to be verified by the copyright holders. Once it was determined as being counterfeit or generally illegal, seizure orders were obtained from federal magistrate judges.

‘Operation In Our Sites’ is the federal programme that targets websites that deal with counterfeit and pirated good on the internet. The programme began on June 2010, with 1,630 sites being seized since then.

Source: Techworld

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PayPal hrmmmmph… Most dodgy sites and unscrupulous persons that I've came across seem to favour Bitcoins or Western Union.

With all do respect.....this is a "see we are doing something" move, for publicity and to look like they are trying. For starters, if that isnt a typo and they took 175k from 132 sites, they affected sites that had $1325 (and 75 cents) each. Any site that is worth its wait in fake goods will have more than $1325 in the bank.

Just my 2 cents.

littleneutrino said,
if they are going to seize domains for selling counterfeit goods Ebay should have been gone long ago lol.

ebay's not the seller, smartypants!
(no offense )

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

ebay's not the seller, smartypants!
(no offense )

GS:mac

The man in the middle is also a seller.

Brony said,

The man in the middle is also a seller.


Yes, well... except no.

Maybe there are some weird laws telling us that, but I don't buy anything just for the sake of something being law.

eBay didn't approve something and they actively take down stuff they get reported as illegal offer if they can verify that (product pics etc).
There's not much more they can do, so they're golden imho.

Safe harbor-ish.

GS:mac

"infringing websites have also had their PayPal accounts identified"

so.... *not sure if *I'm* even trolling here*

Paypal recently decided to ban a few site from their service that provide usenet access, on the ground they were facilitating piracy. However, it seems to me that PayPal might very well be the root of the problem.

If it wasn't for PayPal, these 132 sites wouldn't be making any money, or being able to pay for its services. The same goes for the Usenet providers who, by PayPal's own admittance, are facilitating piracy and PayPal are a means for them to do it.
/troll (I think)


sagum said,
"infringing websites have also had their PayPal accounts identified"

so.... *not sure if *I'm* even trolling here*

Paypal recently decided to ban a few site from their service that provide usenet access, on the ground they were facilitating piracy. However, it seems to me that PayPal might very well be the root of the problem.

If it wasn't for PayPal, these 132 sites wouldn't be making any money, or being able to pay for its services. The same goes for the Usenet providers who, by PayPal's own admittance, are facilitating piracy and PayPal are a means for them to do it.
/troll (I think)



With all due respect and thank you for taking the pre-cautious measure to disclaim yourself from possible bullcrap:

It is - bullcrap. Indeed.

There's skrill (former Moneybookers), credit cards, cheque in worst case, etc etc...

You can only pass on the problem, heck, in worst case, just use a regular bank wire transfer.

GS:mac