Effective today, a new federal regulation governing the FBI’s Anti-Piracy Warning (APW) Seal authorizes use of this seal by all U.S. copyright holders, subject to specific conditions. Anyone wishing to use the seal—along with the mandatory authorized warning language—must obtain it directly from the FBI’s public website.
The purpose of the APW Seal is to remind media users of the serious consequences of pirating copyrighted works. Copyrighted works can include—but are not limited to—films, audio recordings, electronic media, software, books, photographs, etc. Use of the seal does not indicate that the FBI has reviewed or validated copyright interests in the particular work and does not provide greater legal protection to the work. It simply serves as a reminder of the Bureau’s authority and mission with respect to the protection of intellectual property rights.