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As Google, Wikipedia and other Internet titans staged a worldwide online protest of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, (“SOPA”), RogueFinder LLC, a New York City-based software company, has announced that it is developing software that will connect “rogue websites” by hunting for clues hidden within computer code and domain name ownership records.
Rogue websites offer seemingly great deals on clothing, music, software and video games, but are actually unauthorized by the copyright and brand owners. These websites mimic legitimate channels of trade to sell counterfeits and even steal identities. Reports show that most rogue sites are operated overseas.
According to RogueFinder’s CEO, Joseph C. Gioconda, the software will analyze billions of pieces of data mined from the websites, as well as Internet registries, registrars, web hosts and servers, to seek clues to who created and is actually operating the sites.
According to Gioconda, who has successfully shut down hundreds of rogue websites as an Intellectual Property lawyer for major brands, “this data forms a reliable digital fingerprint that lawyers and law enforcement can use as admissible evidence in court enforcing existing laws.”