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U.S. Homeland Security Seizes Domains, Search Engines for Copyright Infringement

The U.S. Homeland Security Department has launched a massive online investigation into many popular websites and seized several domain names for "facilitating copyright infringement."

Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have shut down many popular websites where users download copyrighted content, sell bootleg (or knock off) products, and music download sites. The Homeland Security and ICE justify the shut down of the sites with the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which many Internet users and politicians find largely unjustifiable. Users find a menacing warning where their favorite websites used to be. The warning reads: "This domain name has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations."

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is one politician taking a strong stance against the COICA, ICE, and Homeland Security's "heavy handed" stance regarding copyrighting and hopes hold the bill back indefinitely. Unfortunately, it's too late for sites shut down by Homeland Security and ICE. These sites include:, RapGodFathers,,,,,,,,,,,, amoyhy,com, and dvdprostore,com.

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