Customs Officials, Music Industry Defend Site Shutdowns

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not explained how it selected music sites that it shut down, accused of copyright infringement and selling counterfeit goods, but a spokesman for the Recording Industry of Association of America, which represents the major music labels, said it had worked with ICE and other federal agencies in identifying infringing sites. “The sites and services we identify are flagrantly violating federal copyright laws, illegally offering songs of well-known artists or pre-release content not commercially available online or in any store,” said the trade group spokesman, Jonathan Lamy.