Comment Of Senator Leahy On DOJ/ICE Seizures Of Websites Selling Counterfeit Goods

“The Obama administration’s commitment to aggressively protect American intellectual property is commendable.  Today’s announcement that the Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized the domain names associated with rogue websites, which were being used for criminal infringement and counterfeiting operations, demonstrates that commitment.  The innovative use of the tools currently available to law enforcement to seize these domain names is similar to the remedy that would be specifically authorized under the bipartisan Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act for websites that are registered in the United States.  That legislation received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which advanced the bill to the full Senate by a vote of 19-0.  We can no longer sit on the sidelines while American intellectual property is stolen and sold online using our own infrastructure.  This costs American jobs, hurts our economy, and puts consumers at risk.”

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[Senator Leahy joined Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to introduce the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act in September.  The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the legislation on November 18.  The bill has received broad support from labor groups, anti-piracy advocates, the Newspaper Association of America, and others.  Additional information about today’s announcement is available from the Department of Justice.]

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