WASHINGTON — Authorities in the U.S. and European Union seized 328 domain names associated with Web sites selling everything from counterfeit Nike and Tiffany & Co. products to National Football League merchandise in two joint operations on Wednesday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit joined several law enforcement agencies in Europe, coordinated by the European Police Office, in the two operations. One, dubbed “Project American Icons” resulted in the seizure of 177 domain names for Web sites selling counterfeit trademark goods manufactured by U.S.-owned companies. As part of that operation, authorities made numerous undercover purchases from nine U.S. trademark holders from the sites, including Nike, Tiffany, NFL, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League merchandise. Once the trademark holders confirmed the goods were counterfeit, authorities obtained seizure orders from federal magistrate judges.
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