Federal authorities have seized 150 Web domain names they said were used to traffic counterfeit brand-name merchandise.
The website seizures targeted the illegal sales of counterfeit products, including professional sports jerseys, golf equipment, DVDs, shoes, handbags and sunglasses, authorities said Monday.
Visitors to the sites now find a banner that says the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and that copyright infringement is a federal crime.
During the investigation, federal law enforcement agents made undercover purchases of products from online retailers, officials said. In most cases, the goods were shipped directly into the United States from suppliers in other countries.