California Raises Anti-Piracy Requirements for Disc Replicators [Updated]
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a new set of anti-piracy measures for the stateâ€™s optical disc manufacturing business, strengthening existing laws that require CD, DVD, and Blu-ray replicators to include source identification information on every disc they manufacture.
The new law enables enforcement officers to conduct inspections of replication facilities without a warrant, and to seize noncompliant discs or production parts. Replicators in the state also face stiffer criminal penalties for noncompliance than under the previous laws.
Full text of the new measures is available here. The legislation was introduced earlier this year by California State Senator Alex Padilla with support from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Update: The new law takes effect January 1, 2012. â€śThis new law is about protecting California jobs,â€ť Sen. Padilla commented in a press release. â€śThose who illegally replicate CDs and DVDs undermine our economy and Californiaâ€™s role as a global leader in music and film.Â Â Illegal replication of CDs and DVDs steals revenue from everyone in the entertainment industry, from blue collar workers to those who walk the red carpet.â€ť