To note: Check out the Brazilian government’s announcement here.
The Department of Justice today announced the seizure of six websites as part of the Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) ongoing efforts to combat copyright infringement.
According to court records, unsealed today, the United States obtained court permission to seize six domain names awaiting confiscation. Four of these domains – “Corourbanos.com”, “Corourbano.com”, “Pautamp3.com” and “SIMP3.com” – have been registered with a US-based registry, while two domains – “flowactivo .co” and “Mp3Teca.ws” – were registered through a US-based domain registrar. According to court documents, law enforcement identified these six domains as being used to distribute copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owners A law enforcement investigation confirmed that copyrighted music content was present and available for streaming or streaming. uploading to each of these six Eastern District of Virginia websites.
Seizure of these six domains by the government will prevent third parties from streaming and downloading copyrighted content from these sites. People visiting these sites will now see a message that the site has been seized by the federal government, and visitors will be redirected to another site for additional information.
The domain name seizure was announced by Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Special Agent acting manager Derek W. Gordon of HSI. washington d.c.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Laura D. Withers in these cases.
Operation 404.4 is the result of collaborative efforts between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; the cyberlaboratory of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of the Brazilian government; numerous Brazilian state police forces; HSI Washington, DC; Attaché HSI Brasilia, Brazil; the Advisor and Agent of the Ministry of Justice in International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property in São Paulo, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division and the Office of Development, Assistance and training of prosecutors abroad (OPDAT); the National Coordination Center for Intellectual Property Rights; the UK Intellectual Property Office; and the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crimes Unit.