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RIAA places FBI warning on music

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Thursday, February 19, 2004
News Categories: Digital Media

“Music, software, video-game and DVD packages shortly will carry the famous FBI stamp and warnings about piracy, in a move to hammer home the message that stealing copyright materials is a serious crime, industry officials said Thursday.

The new antipiracy seal, which was announced at a press conference at the FBI’s Los Angeles office, will look much like the warnings already seen at the beginning of movies on DVDs or video tapes. Individual companies will decide where to place the seal and if they want to use it at all. The seal might be printed on a CD itself, on the packaging, or might pop up on screens when a customer downloads and purchases a digital music file.”

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Comments

1

Videos have had this forever. Kind of amazing music and software didn’t.

Posted by Nagromme on February 19, 2004 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

2

The popup is back, and this time he’s PISSED!

Posted by Fenn on February 19, 2004 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

3

sweet, now I know which cds I won’t be buying.  Thanks RIAA!

Posted by dave on February 19, 2004 at 2:27 PM (PDT)

4

it’s like telling children that they shouldn’t eat candy because it’s bad for their teeth.

like it or not, piracy will always be around.  i’m not an advocate of downloading hundreds of albums and not paying one red cent, but still.. futile.

Posted by Archer in Charlotte, NC on February 19, 2004 at 5:19 PM (PDT)

5

Maybe we could just make the music contain the warning, say a spoken-word first track.  Then make the track un-skippable so a consumer has to listen to it every time they play an album.  If they try to skip the track, have it display or play a warning “Action prohibited at this time.”

Oh wait.  That’s a DVD.

My bad.

Posted by jDub on February 19, 2004 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

6

BBC Radio 1 this morning reported this and said the stickers would feature a warning that “Downloading music is a crime and is punishable for up to 5 years” - If this is true it annoys me as copyright infringement is not a “Crime” and therefore cannot be punishable with a prison sentence - it is a civil issue. Scaremongering me-thinks?!

Posted by dmeineck on February 19, 2004 at 11:54 PM (PDT)

7

“serious crime”. Seriously, calling that a serious crime is a bit exaggerated. As if they wouldn’t have enough crimes that really _are_ serious…

Posted by Jussi on February 20, 2004 at 1:30 AM (PDT)

8

Well, even the pornindustry is showing
FBI warnings so why shouldn’t the RIAA

... and both suck for a living !

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Stupid on February 20, 2004 at 5:03 AM (PDT)

9

I don’t mind when this happens on DVDs…but on the lost in translation dvd, there are previews at the beginning that you have to watch everytime!!! you cant skip ahead, you have to fast forward.  That ticks me off. 

Posted by John Beck on February 20, 2004 at 2:34 PM (PDT)

10

That’s why I convert all my Netflix DVDs to DIVX - no more annoying previews or FBI adverts, and the bandwidth required for MPEG-4 is around 25% that of DVD’s MPEG-2 so you can stream movies over WiFi much easier.

Just say NO to DRM!

Posted by divx on February 20, 2004 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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