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2012/06/10

Federal Website Seizures

The Attorney General may seize trademark or copyright infringing websites under the government’s Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0. program.  This action is authorized under federal law 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 2323, which specifically allows the Federal government to seize property involved in illegal activity. 

Trademark counterfeiting and intellectual property infringement activity is illegal and is punishable by federal penalties including fines and up to felony criminal charges.

The Feds are expanding seizure power under under 18 U.S. C. §§ 981 and 2323 to include websites that are involved in this type of activity. Multiple websites seized by the Feds were replaced with this notice that visitors to the domains names encounter.

 

Federal Website Seizure Notice

 

The Martial Art Fraud website provides information intended to help you proactively 1) recognize and identify circumstances with a high potential for you to become a victim of fraud, 2) verify factual evidence of fraud and 3) report evidence of fraud to appropriate agencies and authorities. Disclaimer 

 

Martial Art Fraud

Martial Arts Fraud is a public service initiative sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. This website provides educational information about specific circumstances with a high potential for consumers to be defrauded when searching for and selecting a martial art school as well as for students who are already enrolled at a martial art school and discover that any of the discussed illegal acts are present.

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