WASHINGTON — Federal authorities said Thursday they seized 89 Web sites selling a wide range of counterfeit designer products, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin.The majority of the 89 Web sites — more than 90 percent — were illegally operating under Louis Vuitton domain names.The list of domain names included: perfectlouisvuittonoutlet.com, louisvuittonisluxury.com and louisvuittononsale.com, guccioutlets2013.com and perfectchristianlouboutin.comThe sites were seized as part of “Project Cyber Monday,” being conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.The seized Web sites will show a banner that notifies the public of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of trafficking in counterfeit goods and services.RELATED STORY: Feds Bust Counterfeit Operations >>As part of that investigation, authorities have seized 190 domain names “designed to entice shoppers looking to purchase well-known brand-name goods.” Consumers searching for branded products were often redirected to a host Web site, which authorities said was set up to dupe them into buying bogus goods.“Web sites are valuable assets that are critical to the success of companies competing for business today,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of HSI Houston. “Unfortunately, they can also be manipulated to support illegal activity.”The operation is part of a broader investigation known as “In Our Sites,” which began more than two years ago. Under IOS, officials have seized 1,719 domain names and, of those, more than 690 have been forfeited to the U.S. government.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
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“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
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