The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a government-sanctioned anti-piracy seal intended to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music products by labels. The seal, akin to the FBI warning screen sh

The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a government-sanctioned anti-piracy seal intended to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music products by labels. The seal, akin to the FBI warning screen shown on home videos, has text that alerts consumers to the dangers of copyright infringement.

"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal," reads the seal. "Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000."

Application of the seal is not mandatory, and there are no placement restrictions for record companies that decide to use it.

"It is our hope that when consumers see the new FBI warning on the music they purchase, both physically and online, they will take the time to learn the dos and don'ts of copying and uploading to the Internet," RIAA executive VP of piracy Brad Buckles said today (Feb. 19) at a Los Angeles news conference where the seal was unveiled.

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