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Download the FBI’s Anti-Piracy Warning Seal

Download the FBI’s Anti-Piracy Warning Seal

The Anti-Piracy Warning (APW) Seal has been approved by the U.S. Attorney General as an official insignia of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. The purpose of the APW Seal is to help detect and deter criminal violations of U.S. intellectual property laws by educating the public about the existence of these laws and the authority of the FBI to enforce them. Any copyright holder who complies with the conditions of 41 CFR Section 128-1.5009 can use the Seal.

The APW Seal can only appear on works that meet all of the following:  

  1. Are copyright-protected (no registration of a work is required to use the seal);
  2. Are subject to protection under U.S. Criminal Code provisions; and
  3. Would not violate federal law if produced, sold, publicly presented, or distributed by mail or in affecting interstate commerce.

    Download FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal by clicking on the seal below and then clicking again to see the terms of use (lawful use requires the below authorized text to be placed immediately adjacent to Seal on the copyrighted work, see 41 CFR Section 128-1.5009(e)2).

    FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal (Small)

    The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.

    (Spanish)
    La reproducción o distribución no autorizada de una obra protegida por derechos de autor es ilegal. La infracción criminal de los derechos de autor, incluyendo la infracción sin lucro monetario, es investigada por el FBI y es castigable con multas y encarcelamiento federal.

    Here are two alternate versions of the warning language, in both English and Spanish:

    Warning language in an abbreviated form

    • FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: Unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law.
    • Advertencia Antipirateria del FBI: La copia no autorizada es castigable bajo la ley federal.

    Warning language specifying current penalties

    • FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
    • Advertencia Antipirateria del FBI: La reproducción o distribución no autorizada de una obra protegida por derechos de autor es ilegal. La infracción criminal de los derechos de autor, incluyendo la infracción sin lucro monetario, es investigada por el FBI y es castigable con pena de hasta cinco años en prisión federal y una multa de $250,000.

    And below is the generic enforcement warning language:

    The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.