Cybersquatters just don't know when to stop!
A group of Chinese cybersquatters selling bootleg MAC products and cosmetics on more than 100 websites had the book thrown in a New York courtroom this week after not responding to a lawsuit filed by beauty company in April.
The cyber seller's silence made Judge Ronnie Abrams' job a lot easier, and automatically awarded MAC $90 million as well as a permanent injunction that will shut down the infringing sites.
In addition, the judge ordered the cyber jerks to hand over any funds to the plaintiffs that are in their PayPal accounts linked to the infringing sites, and control over any new domain names that are an accomplice to the original sites.
But wait, there's more!
Mr. Abrams also demanded the third parties aiding the defendants with help for their websites, business-to-business selling platforms, web designing, search engines, shippers and domain registrars to put an end to their services.
Dayum, talk about being kicked-the-hell-out of the interweb!
MAC commented on the controversy, and urged consumers to go to one of their reliable beauty counters to purchase products:
“We have a very strong connection with our consumers at MAC and have a responsibility and commitment to provide them with the finest quality and safe prestige makeup products. We take consumer safety very seriously. Counterfeit products claiming to be MAC cosmetics can be harmful to our consumers. We work closely with dedicated and diligent law enforcement agencies around the globe and participate in numerous counterfeiting enforcement efforts to help put a stop to counterfeit MAC products. We also urge our consumers to shop at one of our authorized retail channels, so that they can know for certain that they are purchasing genuine MAC products.”
We wish the knockoff MAC products would actually come to an end, but considering that people out in the streets also sell the merchandise, it's going to be a little hard to track everyone down.
At least the cybersquatters were stopped for their
[Image courtesy of MAC.]