For Immediate Release
February 19, 2004 Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
FBI, in partnership with entertainment and software industries,
announce anti-piracy warning initiative.
Los Angeles, CA- The FBI, in conjunction with leaders from the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture
Association of America (MPAA), the Software and Information Industry
Association (SIIA), and the Entertainment Software Association
(ESA) today announced a broad initiative to combat the theft of
copyright protected material -- a multi-billion dollar a year crime
At a press conference at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, FBI
Cyber Division Assistant Director Jana Monroe highlighted the FBI's
ongoing efforts and successes in addressing the growing number
of criminal complaints. Also released at the press conference was
an "Education Letter" designed to inform the public of
the risks and vulnerabilities associated with sites where users
exchange file information as well an introduction of the FBI's
new "Anti-Piracy" seal and warning text to be displayed
on future copyrighted materials.
"The theft of copyrighted material has grown substantially
and has had a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy," said
AD Monroe. "The FBI's Cyber Division recognizes the importance
of the problem and stands ready to meet the challenge. Through
working partnerships with other law enforcement entities, the Department
of Justice, and industry, we will continue to devote significant
resources in pursuit of those who steal copyright protected data."
Brad Buckles, RIAA, Executive Vice President and Director of Anti-Piracy,
said "It is our hope that when consumers see the new FBI warning
on the music they purchase, both physically and digitally, they
will take the time to learn the do's and don'ts of copying and
uploading to the Internet. As this seal attests, these are the
serious crimes with serious consequences - including federal prosecution-
to making unauthorized copies or uploading music without permission
and consumers should be aware of them. We are grateful for the
FBI's dedication to helping all copyright owners enforce their
Ken Jacobsen, MPAA, Senior Vice President and Director of World-Wide
Anti-Piracy Operations, said, "With hundreds of thousands
of jobs at stake nationwide, piracy is a serious threat to the
entire entertainment industry. Motion Picture copyright theft losses
are currently reaching $3.5 billion annually not including losses
associated with the illegal downloading of movies off of the Internet.
The MPAA has worked with the FBI to protect copyright material
since the early 1970's with its first anti-piracy warning system.
We applaud the FBI for its work on this critical issue thus far
and look forward to continuing our collaboration on this important
Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA, Vice President of Anti-Piracy Division
said, "Piracy is not a victimless crime. A software program
that reflects unprecedented technology, years of effort, and millions
of development dollars can now be duplicated in minutes with the
touch of a button. We are grateful for the FBI's willingness to
take a leadership role in investigating those who engage in these
Ric Hirsch, ESA, Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property
Enforcement, said, "This new seal will serve as a clear and
important reminder to consumers that piracy of game products is
illegal and may be subject to criminal enforcement."
The FBI's Cyber Division was created in response to the rapidly
expanding and diverse nature of crimes being facilitated with computers.
While the Division is managed from FBI Headquarters in Washington,
D.C., there are currently 60 FBI-led Cyber Task Forces throughout
the country which are uniquely positioned to investigate a wide
range of violations -- often having international facets and national
economic implications. Some of these violations include fraud,
identity theft, child pornography, and copyright infringement.
Additionally the Cyber Division supports Counterintelligence and
Counterterrorism investigations by analyzing terrorist threats,
foreign intelligence operations and criminal activities precipitated
by the illegal intrusions into U.S. computer networks.
Within the Cyber Division is the Intellectual Property Rights
(IPR) Center. The IPR Center was formed in 1999 in conjunction
with the Department of Justice as part of a multi-agency plan to
effectively improve the U.S. Government's efforts in IPR enforcement.
The Center is co-chaired with the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, D.C. and serves as a hub for the
collection, analytical support, and dissemination of intelligence
involving IPR violations. These violations include: Theft of Trade
Secrets, Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, and Signal
Theft. Additionally, the Center conducts training and has an outreach
program with industries affected by IPR crime problems.