FBI JOINS CAMPAIGN TO STOP MUSIC PIRACY

The US gets tough over 'intellectual property theft'...

The FBI are joining the campaign to stop music, film, and game piracy.

CDs, DVDs and games in the US will now carry an FBI seal, warning that violating copyright laws could leave you with a hefty of £133,000 fine, and up to five years in prison.

‘Intellectual property theft’, as it is now labelled, is the FBI’s third biggest priority, after terrorism and counter intelligence, after it cost the US government an estimated $3.5 billion last year.

The seal reads: “The unauthorised reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000,” reports the BBC.

“As the seal attests, these are serious crimes with serious consequences – including federal prosecution – to making unauthorised copies or uploading music without permission, and consumers should be aware of them,” explained RIAA executive vice-president Brad Buckles.

The move comes after hundreds of lawsuits were filed last year, suing people who use peer to peer networks to download over the net.