Anyone who visits a website seized by the government for counterfeiting violations will now be met with a public service announcement (PSA) that educates them about the impact that such crime has on global economics. The PSA is the result of a new partnership announced last in May between the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).
The PSA will play on domain names seized under Operation In Our Sites, a sustained law enforcement initiative that began more than two years ago to protect consumers by targeting the sale of counterfeit merchandise on the Internet. Since its inception in June 2010, the operation is responsible for the seizure of 2,065 domain names. Once these domain names are seized, they are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to those sites find the banner below that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of willful copyright infringement.
The federal forfeiture process affords individuals who have an interest in seized domain names a period of time after a “notice of seizure” to file a petition with a federal court. If no petitions or claims are filed, the domain names become the property of the U.S. government and a PSA is played following the original display of the seizure banner.
See the PSA HERE.