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Feds Seize 150 Domain Names In Mass Piracy Crackdo

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Feds Seize 150 Domain Names In Mass Piracy Crackdown
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer announced the results of the ICE and FBI threemonth investigation on "Cyber Monday," the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season.
The government seized the domain names for the sites that sold everything from fake replica NBA jerseys to replica Louis Vuitton handbags and imitation Ugg boots.
The federal government has seized the domain names of 350 websites since first targeting online counterfeiters in June 2010. Each investigation, Morton said, has grown. No one has been charged with a crime in connection with the most recently seized domains. But Breuer said the investigations are ongoing. A fifth person is being sought.
It's unclear how much money the seized sites have made, or potentially cost legitimate companies. Breuer said since the crackdown on counterfeit sellers started last year, Internet users have gone to the seized domains more than 77 million times.
"Typically we don't track the volumes of sales of these particular sites," Morton said, adding that criminal organizations often hide illgotten profits. "It is very large figures. Well, well above millions."
Morton said it may seem like a trivial thing to buy a knockoff football jersey or lookalike sunglasses, but the profits seized by counterfeiters can help fund far more nefarious activities.
"This is increasingly not simply a matter of mom and pop violations at the corner of Fourth and Main," Morton said. "We are worried about organized crime and (that profits) are going to fuel other criminal activity."
Morton would not say if organized criminal groups are suspected of running any of the seized sites to help fund other criminal acts.
so glad we are spending so much time and expending so many resources to protect the products of some of the world's largest companies(sarcasm." now could we please spend a little time and effort trying to help small businesses and consumers so the majority of americans will still have jobs to go to when all is said and done! people only buy the fake merchandise because they cannot afford the real deal. message sent to working class americans, you are not part of the elite that run things and don't even try to pretend with that fake rolex on your wrist. people don't buy fake goods because they don't want the real deal, they do so because they struggle to live and work in an economy where their share of the "pie" has shrunk to such a degree that only the likes of paris hilton and newt gingrich can afford the little luxuries in life. sorry but i don't feel in the slightest bit sorry for the megacorps or their customers who are more concerned with the preservation of their image than allowing the avg. man or woman to infringe on what is part and parcel of the club of exclusivity. for right or wrong "how dare we" is the attitude i get out of all of this.
This is pretty hilarious. They must have some teachers from China. Every once in a while the government over there cracks down on piracy, 1 out of a million. After it is all over,it will all go back to business as usual.
Also as long as DHgate and AliExpress exist it will be no end.
Certain people in this country wrongheadedly believe that less regulation is always better. Somehow those same people believe that "job creators" should be protected their argument asks, what is the point of investing in a new product or business if government will rob them of profits throught regulation and taxation. What is the point of creating a new song, or book,[url=][/url], or product, if someone with greater production capacity or lower production cost can merely steal your idea and your living?
I believe there is a correct amount of regulation that protects creators and consumers, and that we are somewhat below that threshhold. Regulation is something like nutrition: you need what you need. Starvation to lose weight will just kill you.
"what is the point of investing in a new product or business if government will rob them of profits throught regulation and taxation. "
the internet has gone virtually unregulated since it became widely available in the late 1990s. today, i could very easily watch any movie, download any song title, or read any book for free through pirated material.

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Counterfeiters Go After Toothpaste
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In The NewsWhile such lowcost items as toothpaste, shampoo and batteries don't seem likely targets for counterfeiting, there actually is a large market for such goods. But most times the consumer doesn't realize that they are buying a fake product.
"The allure here is that they're products being used every day. Everybody has a demand for toothpaste. There is a constant market for it," Robert L. Tucker, an intellectual property lawyer in New York told ABC News. "When you make a counterfeit Guess Tshirt or a counterfeit Ralph Lauren Tshirt, you're not sure there's going to be a demand for it."
Tucker said that these products typically fall under the radar screen.
"Who is going to scrutinize toothpaste?" he said. "Somebody, when they see a $38 Louis Vuitton bag being sold on the street is going to scrutinize because the bag normally sells for $3,000."
The bogus products can often be hard to differentiate from the real thing. While that watch on the street might say Roloflex,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], the toothpaste at your local drugstore might look just like the real thing.
The fake toothpaste was labeled "Colgate" but ColgatePalmolive Co. said it came in the wrong packaging.
These products often show up at discount stores where items typically cost 99 cents or a dollar according to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition.
The group is funded by lawyers and private investigators as well as companies, including Burberry, Abercrombie Fitch, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Ford, Nike and Philip Morris. customs agency announced that it has teamed with China in a new steppedup effort to combat counterfeit goods. officials said. ports last year, W. Customs and Border Protection, told The Associated Press.
"We've got to start dealing with the source of the problem. We can't expect to rely upon interdiction to be our tool in order to stop these products," Basham said.
But counterfeit goods particularly medicines are starting to come in from other countries, including India and the United Arab Emirates. agents increased their seizures of counterfeit goods by 83 percent, making more than 14,000 seizures worth at least $155 million, according to the Homeland Security Department.
"Anything that can be counterfeited will be counterfeited. There's just too much profit in it, and the risks are too low," Nils Montan, president of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition told ABC News. "It is not treated as a crime that is commensurate with the problem."
So why would somebody bother to counterfeit an item that sells for less than $5?
"It's a matter of markup," Montan said. "The products that they produce they can make for maybe 5 or 10 cents and still sell it for a couple of bucks. It's a profit, and you have volume to make up for it."
"It's always been around, particularly in the developing world," Montan added. "Now we're seeing it in the United States. This is something that is growing."

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