California Governor Signs Antipiracy Legislation

October 10, 2011 -- 2:08 pm PDT

On Oct. 3 Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed SB550 into law. This new legislation will help diminish music and movie piracy.

Under the new law, inspections of CD and DVD replication plants are now allowed to ensure the facilities are in compliance with antipiracy laws. Additionally, only those authorities whose primary responsibilities include the investigation of high technology or intellectual property piracy will be allowed to inspect the CD and DVD plants to confirm that the discs include source identification information, which is already required by existing law. SB550 allows for the state to impose steep fines if violations are discovered.

The Recording Academy sent letters to members of the State Assembly, U.S. Senate and Brown urging passage of this important legislation.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.