(The Hosting News) – It’s that time of year again. Time to start Christmas shopping (if you haven’t already), or time stock up on items you may want for yourself, thanks to the many discounts and sales going on.
If you’re going about doing your shopping online, beware: Counterfeiters are out there selling products.
According to the U.S. government, illegal sales of pirated products can weaken the American economy, stealing profit from legitimate businesses.
But as of yesterday, the internet now has less piracy. And it’s thanks to an ongoing investigation launched by the Federal government in June of last year.
Specifically, ICE (The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement), working with other government organizations (such as the Justice Department & FBI), has succeeded in recently seizing 150 more sites allegedly selling counterfeit products such as sports handbags, DVD sets, sports jerseys, and a whole lot more.
Commenting on the matter in a Government release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder focused on the threat of counterfeit operations, stating, “Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability, and today we have sent a clear message that the Department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public’s economic welfare and public safety through robust intellectual property enforcement.”
Since beginning the operation earlier this year, the U.S. Federal government has succeeded in stopping a total of 350 websites from selling counterfeit items by taking them into Federal custody.
Stopping piracy this time of year is especially important, considering it’s the holiday shopping season.
The announcement by ICE was made yesterday, coinciding with Cyber Monday, a day in which online retailers offer discounts on products. To find the violators, authorities made purchases while posing as online shoppers. For more information on the matter, view ICE’s news report here (ice.gov).