Washington – The U.S. government has seized the domains of
dozens of websites it says are offering unauthorized copyrighted or counterfeit
content. The Dept. of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
division took over sites including Torrent-Finder.com, RapGodFathers.com,
DVDProStore.com, Cartoon77.com, NFLJerseySupply.com and Handbag.com.
domain name has been seized by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations,
pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court,"
reads the note posted on the affected domains.
"ICE office of Homeland
Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a
number of domain names. As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no
additional details available at this time," an ICE spokeswoman told
The seizures took shortly after a U.S. Senate Committee approved
the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which aims to
empower the Justice Department to use tactics similar to those just employed by
Homeland Security and ICE.
(DMW previous coverage)