A release by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported a cracking down of more than 1 million copyright-infringing website domain names worldwide, in the past one year.
ICE’s Homeland Security investigators joined hands with Europol, Interpol, and police agencies from 26 countries to achieve this feat.
The domains were used for selling counterfeit automotive parts, electrical components, jwellery and other fake goods.
Industry partners participating in the operation were fully responsible for civilly seizing 1.21 million domain names and shutting down 2.2 million erroneous ecommerce links.
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations criminally seized an estimated 33,600 domain names which sold hazardous counterfeit products. For example, Chinaseatbelt.com; Airbagpart.com; Chinasafetybelt.com; Fareurope.com; and Far-europe.com were seized following an investigation in Louisiana.
The ongoing intellectual property enforcement initiative targeting fake websites, was facilitated by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). The joint-task force was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
IPR Director, Alex Khu said,”the IPR Center is committed to supporting enforcement actions that target copyright-infringing websites threatening the health and safety of unsuspecting consumers by offering dangerous counterfeit goods,”
With the sincere efforts of the government agencies the Domain Name Spaces are becoming more trustworthy and reliable. This provides a huge impetus to the domain sector.