Lori Carey Photography

Monday, August 20, 2012

For Photographers: FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal

The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work
is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement
without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable
by fines and federal imprisonment.

As of last week you can use the same FBI Anti-Piracy Seal that you see at the beginning of movies on your copyrighted works, including your photos, as long as you follow the conditions outlined on the FBI website. It must appear on or in connection with copyrighted works (the work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office) and must have the authorized official warning language immediately adjacent.

I personally think it's a bit much to put the seal directly on my photos, but I'm wondering if other photographers think that placing this warning somewhere on their website or maybe printed materials might help deter copyright infringement? Does anyone out there plan to make use of it, and if so, how?

Here's the link to the page on the FBI's site containing the specifics and the link to download the official FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal. Note that you will need to agree to the conditions before you can download the file.

FBI Anti-Piracy Seal

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