Customs Chief Defends Seizure Of Domain Names – Tech Daily Dose

The head of the Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Tuesday defended his agency’s aggressive efforts to combat online piracy and counterfeiting by seizing Internet domain names.

During a speech at the annual State of the Net conference, ICE Director John Morton defended the agency’s “Operation In Our Sites” actions that involved the issuance of warrants in June to seize nine Internet domain names engaged in piracy of copyrighted content. A second operation carried out in November involved the seizure of 82 domain names of commercial websites that the agency said were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.