FBI bringing anti-piracy logos to everything

The FBI's anti-piracy warning, one of the most annoying and totally useless anti-piracy campaigns ever imagined, is about to get a whole lot more common. The FBI is revamping its rules governing the use of the logo by making it available for any copyright holder to slap on to their product, whether it's a book, a CD, or a photo.

As you might expect, the FBI's regulations are a bit of a bore to read, but the gist of it is that it's fair game to slap the logo on anything you please. Heck, since the FBI doesn't have the resources to police who actually uses the logo, you don't even need to verify that you actually own whatever you're putting the logo on. That means that you can look forward to lots of Chinese bootlegs emblazoned with anti-piracy logos.

The regulations also spend a lot of time repeating the 'fact' that the logo isn't a waste of resources, and that it is actually really effective:

...the FBI believes that the APW Seal and accompanying warnings convey important messages to the public and are a significant component of its efforts to deter and to investigate federal crimes involving the piracy of intellectual property.

Because everyone knows, if anything is going to make criminals (and that guy who's trying to burn a CD for granny) start behaving, it's a silly little logo stamped on everything you own. Bravo!

Source: TechDirt | Image via FBI

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This will work about as well as the 10,000 different gun laws on the books now.
Every time they pass a new one, I think they are under the delusion that criminals will
simply turn in their "illegal" weapons. I guess putting a sticker on something achieves
the same thing. I guess that is why you see all these wacked out import cars with
cherry bomb stickers & what not plastered all over their cars to make it run better LOL.

I like the idea, but I know this won't work and just be a drain on resources. They've been doing this for as long as I can remember in movies that I buy, and yet they are ALL pirated still. This won't work, only punishing the perpetrators will.

The most effective "warning" I've ever seen is on the Cinematic Titanic DVDs (Joel Hodgson and other MST3K alumni). It basically says "The video you're about to watch is solely owned and produced by the performers in it. It's how we make a living and get the money to produce more shows and videos. Please support us and buy our stuff." Makes me want to purchase rather than pirate a lot more than "The FBI will get you! Booga Booga!"

it was already bad enough when I went to a place like walmart to copy a photo I took myself and get told that I am not allowed to because the photo is "copyright"... and trying to explain to them I took it myself.... now we have to have FBI warnings on photographs?

I'm not sure if they've noticed or not but pirated movies don't have FBI warnings on them. The only people who have to see the stupid warning every time they watch a movie are the people who actually paid for it.

Skyfrog said,
I'm not sure if they've noticed or not but pirated movies don't have FBI warnings on them. The only people who have to see the stupid warning every time they watch a movie are the people who actually paid for it.

So the none criminals?

Skyfrog said,
I'm not sure if they've noticed or not but pirated movies don't have FBI warnings on them. The only people who have to see the stupid warning every time they watch a movie are the people who actually paid for it.

Sometimes they do, and the movie suddenly turns into a comic.

Kondrath said,
This and those FBI warnings on movies were once really effective. But then I turned 12.

They have FBI warnings on movies? Da fuq?

We, the rest of the world, are laughing at you, the state owned by the corporate giants - a true definition of a fascist state. You may as well replace the FBI sign with a swastika.

Stelex said,
We, the rest of the world, are laughing at you, the state owned by the corporate giants - a true definition of a fascist state. You may as well replace the FBI sign with a swastika.

Yea, cause "we, the rest of the world" have no issues with corporatization; capitalist dehumanization; social degradation of empathy.

Stelex said,
We, the rest of the world, are laughing at you, the state owned by the corporate giants - a true definition of a fascist state. You may as well replace the FBI sign with a swastika.
Seeming as "you, the rest of the world" aren't in any better of a state currently we, America, are laughing right back.

Shall we look at "the rest of the worlds" track record also? By 'world' I can only assume you're in Europe. The home of torture, quartering, burning, beheading, monarchs, fuhrers, emperors, tyrants, slavery, human rights violations, EVERY world war (Germany), genocide, 1,000 year grudges, persecution of every kind, communism, Stasi, etc.

We, America, just found a few of those things interesting and pirated them

They'll do this because when someone pirates something and gets caught. They'll claim not to know better but if this logo is printed on the material thus this mitigates that argument.

This is all to aid copywrite holders to sue more effectively and has no benefit to the general public.

imachip said,
They'll do this because when someone pirates something and gets caught. They'll claim not to know better but if this logo is printed on the material thus this mitigates that argument.

This is all to aid copywrite holders to sue more effectively and has no benefit to the general public.

The problem is that the pirated object would likely lack that logo so it negates your argument.

rdmiller said,
This is a Free Country, with emphasis on the FREE.

Free my big fat behind you pay for everything in one way or the other

Lamp0 said,
I am going to copy these stickers and sell them online.

Ironically, I think a bunch of "pirates" would actually pay someone for these just for fun.

Sadelwo said,
I'm waiting to see which actress/artist will tatoo that logo on.

Probably someone no one would want a duplicate of... Like Nikie Menage...

Yes the pirated versions will remove all the annoying logos and advertising at the request of the customer base thus increasing customer satisfaction with the finished product

So yes, torturing the people who legally buy the content with more logos and what not, will stop them pirating the content to skip all the annoying logos is a really smart idea.
And the worse thing is, half of them are unskippable. Thankfully VLC skips them. My DVD player however, does not.

Possession said,
So yes, torturing the people who legally buy the content with more logos and what not, will stop them pirating the content to skip all the annoying logos is a really smart
And the worse thing is, half of them are unskippable. Thankfully VLC skips them. My DVD player however, does not.

Just gives you 15 minutes to cook something the move..

Possession said,
So yes, torturing the people who legally buy the content with more logos and what not, will stop them pirating the content to skip all the annoying logos is a really smart idea.
And the worse thing is, half of them are unskippable. Thankfully VLC skips them. My DVD player however, does not.

Now just wait until you buy a book or ebook and the first page shows this stupid logo and says you must wait 1 minute before turning the page.

Rail Grinder said,

I completely agree. I wonder how much this initiative will cost the taxpayers.

More than you can imagine?

texasghost said,

Well...let's see...they bought a toilet seat for $15,000.


First, I agree that this program is a complete waste of time and money.

But second, I find it funny that people still actually believe that the government spends that on a toilet seat as opposed to black projects or other funding that they cannot specifically release a breakdown for...