One of the truly annoying things about sitting down to watch a new DVD or bluray that you have just purchased, is the unskippable content that precedes your movie of which the FBI’s anti-piracy warning has to be the worst.
Well now, the geniuses behind this unskippable content have decided to double the amount of static images that you are forced to view. The two logos that you can see in the images belong to the FBI, which were on the original ones, and ICE (Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) who have been moving up the ranks in copyright investigations for a few years now to become one of the main players.
Here’s a couple of screenshots of the new unskippable screens:
New Piracy Screen 1
“The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.”
New Piracy Screen 2
“Piracy is not a victimless crime. For more information on how digital theft harms the economy, please visit www.iprcenter.gov.”
Now, how is this going to affect you?
- Each screen will be shown back-to-back
- Each Screen will be unskippable
- Each screen will last for 10 seconds
“Our nation’s film and TV business is critical to our economy,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Its creativity and imagination have made American entertainment one of our greatest exports over the decades, but criminals are increasingly engaging in new forms of digital theft. Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort.”
The IPR Center works closely with public and private entities to increase awareness and information sharing about the harmful effects of piracy on American innovation, lost jobs and the economy. The IPR Center also brings attention to the organized criminal enterprises often behind IP theft and the public safety implications of counterfeit goods.
In June 2010, HSI launched Operation In Our Sites, which targets online commercial intellectual property crime, including websites offering pirated movies and television shows as well as a diverse array of counterfeit goods, such as sports equipment, shoes, handbags, athletic apparel, sunglasses and DVD boxed sets. To date, more than 760 domain names of websites engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works have been seized as a result of Operation In Our Sites. Eleven individuals have been charged with crimes or arrested, and more than $1 million has been seized as criminal proceeds.
So, since its launch in June 201, Operation In Our Sites has only managed to arrest 11 people and seize $1 million?
As always though, there is a solution to this, and one that I do on a regular basis. That is to rip your bluray or DVD’s so that you can watch the movie without any of the other crap, like unskippable content, that they bundle in on the disks. Ripping your film is a great way to have a digital backup as well due to the fact that disks are very prone to damage.