DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs to Get More Anti-Piracy Warnings
The anti-piracy warning shown in DVD and Blu-ray movie discs has been extended and will be integrated in new releases beginning this week.
The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center as well as "six major American movie studios" agreed that the FBI warning screen will also show the logo of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and will state:
"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000."
There will also be a second screen with the IPR logo and read: "Piracy is not a victimless crime. For more information on how digital theft harms the economy, please visit www.iprcenter.gov."
"Our nation's film and TV business is critical to our economy," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton. "Its creativity and imagination have made American entertainment one of our greatest exports over the decades, but criminals are increasingly engaging in new forms of digital theft. Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort."
The addition of HSI to the warning label is designed to highlight the agency's effort to battle counterfeit products and "dismantle the criminal organizations behind such illicit activity."