Domain Name of Counterfeit Site Seized  1 Comments


Early this year I blogged about the astronomical growth of watch replica sites. This week, Yahoo News reports that the US authorities have shut down dozens of websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated music. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, said ICE had "executed court ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names." This included just one watch counterfeiting website - - where the URL now points to an image (see below) that announces their enforcement of the provisions under the US Federal Law. 

As mentioned in my earlier blogpost comments - one strategy to make it harder for watch counterfeiters or any counterfeiters is to go after the domain names. Is this the start of a more forceful effort to stop such criminal activity? I believe its the first salvo from the ICE to all counterfeiters that they intend to press with prosecutions more forcefully in the near future. However, I hope to see the brands taking the lead in such matters rather than leaving it to the state enforcement agencies. With billions being lost to counterfeiters, luxury brands need to figure out soon how to effectively protect their brand names.

- HT



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