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Largest domain seizure yet affects counterfeiters, pirates

By Rick
Nov 28, 2011
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  1. Keeping with recent tradition, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice have initiated a sweeping crackdown on websites accused of selling counterfeit goods and pirated…

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  2. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Since they are only going for pirates who take profit from sharing illegal media and software shouldn't ISP's be the fist on the line :p

    Yes my ISP does count like a pirate, they charge the same money for different speeds
     
  3. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    Well I'm glad they are taking down scammers but not so much the pirates. I'm more happy that they are taking down pirates that are making profit off of selling the softwares but still not that happy.
     
  4. Am I the only one who noticed that 99% of the domains they targeted are enemies of official NFL merchandisers? Coincidence? I think not.
     
  5. By comparison, imagine if you were on land, mainland, and there was stolen goods you could acquire for free on an island, connected to the mainland by a bridge. All they have done is "destroyed" the bridge you would have used to get to the island (website). You still have alternative routes of access, whip out your kayak or take off in your little plane and be on your way to the island. This is kind of the same deal. What they have done is not effective at all, maybe to the casual pirate, but you'd think the government could come up with better censorship methods than that. Oh wait, no you wouldn't, cause the government can't do crap.
     
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    Most those sites have jersey in the name don't mess with the NFL I have a hard time downloading missed games.
     
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    Oh yeah they smoothly squished counterfeiters with pirates. Damn paper clips!
     
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    The reality is that taking down these domain names is like pulling over a car and finding a kilo of cocaine in it, and lauding it as a victory in the drug war, while a semi filled with a few tons of cocaine drives past the arrest scene. I would not be surprised if most of these jerseys are made in the same Asian sweat shop that makes the authentic jerseys. Once you have all the patterns and skilled workers, all you need is just to run the factory at night, and churn out the same product.
     
  9. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    i imagine most of these websites target unsuspecting people who think they are buying legitimate merchandise. so this is extremely effective because few people would go out of their way to access an obscure website just to purchase knock-offs.
     
  10. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    Ever see random comments on websites saying

    **CHEAP LOUIE VUITON BAGS** <url>
    **CHEAP NIKE SHOES** <url>
    **CHEAP NFL JERSEYS** <url>

    every website on this list reminds me of those comments, although seeing that they have actual merchandise is pretty awesome!
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Unsuspecting AND stupid. Why would people think they're getting an amazing deal and getting a genuine Rolex or Gucci product for 5% of the market price?
     
  12. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 224

    cos they dont buy quality or lasting products
    its a show off for a month or short, then they buys next trendy sh!t with the same quality
    its a matter of 'lifestyle' and i dont expect you to understand it (i cant too)
    did you see that shop sign that says "genuine fake watches"? check ur_fav_search for images
     
  13. It's the NFL's fault for counterfeit NFL jerseys. No one sells them anymore, at least not for a reasonable price. They've made it so retailers must buy a million dollars worth of stock in order to buy and resell NFL jerseys. So no sports stores stock them anymore, which is why so many counterfeiters are popping up.
     

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