U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, today announced initiative “In Our Sites v. 2.0,” designed to enforce intellectual property laws.

The initiative targets websites infamous for unlawful music sharing, and is designed to not only penalize perpetrators, but also, to set a precedent with tangible criminal consequences against illegal trafficking of creative works.

The announcement proceeded November 18th’s unanimous legislation approval from the Judiciary Committee of the bill granting Attorney General the legal right to cease websites whose central site activity is deemed to infringe upon copyright laws (click here to read).  After the announcement, domains of various Hip Hop sites, including Onsmash.com, djaz1.com, and rapgodfathers.com, have been ceased by ICE.

Chairman and CEO of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO, Mitch Bainwol, released an official comment on new enforcement measures:

Federal law enforcement authorities have now hung a ‘closed for business’ sign on some of the most notorious music websites that were havens for copyright theft.  No anti-piracy initiative is a silver bullet, but targeted government enforcement against the worst of the worst rogue sites sends a strong message that illegally trafficking in creative works carries real consequences and won’t be tolerated.  This also makes clear that a priority of this Administration is protecting American jobs and property rights.  On this day shortly after we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama Administration, led by Director Morton, Attorney General Holder and a team of prosecutors, have given the music community much to be thankful for.

For RIAA’s complete press release, click here to read

To view the full Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, click here: