November 23, 2011
On 23 and 25 November 2011, PIR received from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Seizure Warrants” issued by several US Federal District Courts throughout the United States. The warrants are based on affidavits by agents of the DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and order the seizure and civil forfeiture of a total of one hundred twelve domain names in the .COM, .NET, .ORG and .US domains. The twelve .ORG domains seized were:
Pursuant to the instructions of the DHS, PIR transferred the registrations to a specified IP address.
The .ORG domains now resolve to a web site established by the DHS with a message that they have been the subject of seizure. The legal authority for the seizure are two sections of the US Statutes, Criminal Code, that provide for seizure and forfeiture of property used in violation of the criminal provisions of copyright and trademark law.