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Monday
Nov292010

Government Cracks Down on Sites Selling Counterfeit Goods

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department and Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation on Monday announced they have seized 82 domain names that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, including fake handbags, pirated software, copies of DVDs and phony Burberry scarves.  A lot of people wouldn't fall for the fakes, but enough would be satisfied with them that they stayed in business, until now.

A few of the seized URLs include dvdcollectionsale.com, coachoutletfactory.com, mydreamwatches.com, usaburberryscarf.com, burberryoutletshop.com, massnike.com.

"By seizing these domain names, we have disrupted the sale of thousands of counterfeit items, while also cutting off funds to those willing to exploit the ingenuity of others for their own personal gain,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement. “Intellectual property crimes are not victimless. The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs."

The government timed its announcement for Cyber Monday, and the effort is part of something called Operation in Our Sites.

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