January 27, 28, 29, 2014
On 27, 28 and 29 January 2014, PIR received a total of nine Warrants to Seize Property Subject to Forfeiture from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS), one issued by the US District Court for the District of South Carolina, six issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and two issued by the US District Court for Colorado for the seizure of twenty-one .ORG domain names:
All the names relate to alleged copyright infringement and to the sale of allegedly counterfeit goods.
Pursuant to the instructions of the DHS, PIR transferred the registrations to specified IP addresses.
The .org domains now resolve to web sites established by the DHS with a message that they have been the subject of seizure. The legal authority for the seizure is sections of the U.S. Statutes, Criminal Code, that provide for seizure and forfeiture of property used in violation of the criminal provisions of copyright and trademark law.