ICE? It’s the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security”. It’s a “21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities”.
Having first performed sterling services for Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music, it’s launched its wittily labelled Operation Broken Hearted as Phase IV of the equally cleverly named Operation in Our Sites, a “sustained initiative aimed at counterfeiting and piracy over the Internet”.
The headline is ‘Sweetheart, but fake, deals put on ICE’. With the Op names and that, they must have an RIAA hack writing for them.
“Earlier this month, 10 websites that illegally streamed live sporting telecasts and pay-per-view events over the Internet were seized”, says ICE, adding:
“In November 2010, 82 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works were seized. In June 2010, investigators executed seizure warrants against nine domain names of websites offering pirated copies of first-run movies, music and software.”
Good to know.
Now, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) “served court orders seizing 18 domain names of websites selling counterfeit goods over the Internet”, it says, going on Operation Broken Hearted is the fourth phase of, Operation in Our Sites, a “sustained initiative aimed at counterfeiting and piracy over the Internet”.
“The 18 domain names seized were commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods”, says ICE, boasting, “During the course of the operation, federal law enforcement agents made undercover purchases from online retailers suspected of selling counterfeit goods. Purchased counterfeit items included bracelets, earrings, handbags, necklaces, rings, sunglasses, wallets and watches.”
The seized pages include >>>
And while ICE is deploying, at great expense, its massive manpower, enforcement and legal resources on web sites …
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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