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Counterfeit DVDs of popular television shows seized

Release Date: 
March 15, 2017

BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry detained two shipments of DVDs bearing a counterfeit DVD logo. Two separate shipments in February were found to hold popular television programs that aired in Canada and the United States. The products had been in storage awaiting further inspection.

An aerial view of the Pacific Highway Port of Entry
CBP officers at the Pacific Highway
Port of Entry in Washington seized two
shipments of counterfeit DVDs in February
.

One shipment contained 10 boxes of the popular television series, “Little House on the Prairie”  and another held 20 boxes of the program “Republic of Doyle.” They all had the counterfeit DVD logo which is protected under CBP recordation trademark 00-00247. Little House aired on NBC from 1974 to 1982 and Doyle from 2010 to 2014 on CBC in Canada. The violations involve United States Code, title 19, Chapter 4, 19 USC 1526(E), which deals with merchandise bearing a counterfeit mark.

“The DVDs were seized because the importer violated United States laws,” said Area Port Director Kenneth Williams. “Our vital national security mission also includes protecting businesses and consumers through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights enforcement mandate.”

Other media products and games were on the same shipment and released.

Last modified: 
March 16, 2017