A few months back, we wrote about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) seizure of over 80 domain names that hosted sites selling counterfeit goods or pirating illegal files of copyrighted material. According to Wired, ICE shut down an additional 18 domains Monday as part of the same campaign, “Operation in Our Sites.”
In November, ICE’s efforts were aimed at protecting online shoppers searching for deals on holiday gifts. This time, in honor of Valentine’s Day, ICE got romantic, targeting sites selling fake brand name jewelry and related gifts.
This effort comes on the heels of another seizure about two weeks ago, which took down domains that were connected to sites that pirated professional sports video streams.
While the progress that ICE is making is significant, it is important to remember that the agency’s jurisdiction only extends to the enforcement of U.S. federal law. In order to really make a meaningful impact on the sale of counterfeited or pirated material online, a concerted international effort will be necessary.