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WASHINGTON — The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has joined together with the FBI and six major American movie studios to launch an updated anti-piracy warning to be displayed on new releases. The anti-piracy warning will begin appearing in selected DVDs and Blu-rays released this week. The six movie studios, all members of the Motion Picture Association of America, have agreed to utilize the anti-piracy warning.
The joint FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning displays, for the first time, the HSI badge alongside the FBI anti-piracy warning seal and states that, "The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000." A second screen displays the IPR Center logo with the educational message, "Piracy is not a victimless crime. For more information on how digital theft harms the economy, please visit www.iprcenter.gov."
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Global harmonization Standards and the EPA
Recently OSHA provided a final rule for how it was going to change its hazard Communication standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 to reflect the global harmonization on chemical hazards (see earlier discussions of this topic in this blog).
The EPA operates under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and has its own regulations for describing chemical hazards on a safety data sheet. As a first step towards harmonization, on April 20th the EPA will publish a notice of the differences between its requirements for safety data sheets and OSHA's in the Federal Register.
We all know that regulations change at a glacial pace, and while this notice is not actually harmonization, hopefully this is the first small step in the right direction.
Where we come from…
Founded in Antwerp in 1828, in what is today Belgium, the Information Office for Maritime Insurance had a simple mission: to give shipping underwriters up-to-date information on premiums in use at commercial centers and provide precise information on the state of ships and equipment.
In 1829, the company was renamed Bureau Veritas, adopted the emblem of Truth as its official logo and published its first Register of some 10,000 ships. In 1833 the head office transferred from Antwerp to Paris, where a branch office was set up in 1830.