This week, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), joined the FBI and six major American movie studios to launch an updated anti-piracy warning to be displayed on new releases. The anti-piracy warning will begin appearing in selected DVDs and Blu-rays released this week. The six movie studios, all members of the Motion Picture Association of America, have agreed to utilize the anti-piracy warning.
The joint FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning displays, for the first time, the HSI badge alongside the FBI anti-piracy warning seal and states, “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.” A second screen displays the IPR Center logo with the educational message, “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 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 IPR Center works closely with public and private entities to increase awareness and information sharing about the harmful effects of piracy on American innovation, lost jobs and the economy. The IPR Center also brings attention to the organized criminal enterprises often behind IP theft and the public safety implications of counterfeit goods.
To report IP theft or to learn more about the IPR Center, visit www.IPRCenter.gov.