Counterfeit DVDs of popular television shows seized
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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.