Department of Homeland Security Seizes Over 70 Alleged Piracy Sites

The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped the hammer on BitTorrent-related websites and others associated with piracy and counterfeit goods—seizing domains without any prior complaints or notifications from the court.


Those navigating to the sites in question—and there are at least 70 of them—are now met with a rather imposing governmental warning screen, reminding visitors of federal copyright law. ICE says the sites were knocked down based on federal court orders, but told the New York Times that, "As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time." Included among the seized sites are major destinations like, and rap-centric, and

The situation is a little messy because some of the torrent sites ICE has been seizing have no tracker, carry no torrents and list no copyrighted works unless someone searches for them—they're search engines, well, with a torrent slant, of course, but search engines by definition. These seizures definitely raise questions on what type of criteria the Department of Homeland Security is using and raises a dark cloud over similar, un-seized sites. Check out the full list of seized sites here. [TorrentFreak via Business Insider]


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Almost all of the domains seized look like they are places exclusively selling knockoffs/counterfeit goods. I'm not a fan of black and grey market goods, so I don't see the problem here.

That some torrent sites are associated with black market counterfeit goods is no surprise to me (likely counterfeit dvd sales).

Homeland Security and ICE is actually doing it right this time. Proceeds from counterfeiting usually go towards funding crime syndicates and other seedy ventures. Good on them.

I don't think ICE will be able to shut down ebay though, despite them being the #1 online go to place for knockoff bullshit.