Illegal DVD Sites Shut Down28 Nov, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
At least two websites accused of selling and distributing counterfeit DVDs were shut down by the federal government Nov. 28, as part of a large-scale crackdown on illegal domains undertaken on Cyber Monday.
Dvdsetonline.com and Dvdshopdvd.com were two of 150 domains seized as part of Operation In Our Sites, a joint U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Justice and FBI endeavor that’s shut down 350 websites since June 2010.
Monday’s 150-site shutdown was by far the largest one-day crackdown since the operation launched.
“For most, the holidays represent a season of goodwill and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers,” said ICE director John Morton. “More and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online, and they may not realize that purchasing counterfeit goods results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen and American consumers receiving substandard products. And the ramifications can be even greater because the illicit profits made from these types of illegal ventures often fuel other kinds of organized crime.”
Attorney General Eric Holder added: “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability, and today we have sent a clear message that the Department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public's economic welfare and public safety through robust intellectual property enforcement.”
The largest one-day crackdown previous to Monday’s was the 82 Web domains shut down on Cyber Monday 2010. Visitors to sites seized by the government are greeted with a banner notifying them about the seizure, along with information about the criminal consequences of willful copyright infringement.
Along with illegal DVDs, sports jerseys, golf equipment, footwear, sunglasses and handbags were being offered on the sites shut down Monday.