Website Seizure: A New Weapon Against IP Crime

Law360, New York (April 5, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT) -- In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICE) and other federal law enforcement agencies have adopted a new approach to criminal copyright infringement and other intellectual property crimes in what one U.S. Senator describes as a "major shift in the way the U.S. government combats copyright infringement in the digital environment."

This move is an aggressive use of forfeiture laws to seize websites that allegedly offer counterfeit goods or link to websites that offer counterfeit goods. According to federal authorities...
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