I am confused due to the way this is worded. Does this mean that sites selling second-hand, authentic goods (not counterfeit) could be taken down if the copyright-holder did not "authorize" the site to sell their goods?
I'm not sure what the state of the law is now.
But I think it's just bulk pirated goods. Many t-shirts with fake labels stitched on or look-alike handbags sold as real brands etc.
Omega was able to successfully prevent Costco from selling genuine, certified authentic Omega watches intended for different foreign markets as "new Omega watches" in the US.
So yes, if you bought a sealed DVD from a Russian Best Buy equivalent (ignoring the region coding issues) and sold it in the US, you'd probably be in trouble.
Sure - these may be bad actors, but we don't really know that do we. Where is the due process? Where is the investigation uncovering a warehouse full of goods? Can any of us trust our business to a .com domain name any more?
The underlying issue is that a .com domain name is no longer safe, and I suspect the new top level domains will be in the same bucket.
Maybe the most active shopping day is the second Tuesday of December, or something else relatively obscure, but since theatrics are valued it would still make sense to hit on the day most people think of as "the big day".
Did not know this.
> ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit coordinated with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, the United Kingdom and the European Police Office to take down the sites.
A great example of mission creep. Counterfeit goods have nothing to do with terrorism.