June 24, 2013
On June 24, 2013, PIR received two Warrants to Seize Property from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement, one issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the other issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The warrants were based on affidavits by agents of the DHS and order the seizure and civil forfeiture of the following three domain names in the .ORG domain:
All the names relate 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.