Warning: On a blue background, we see a white FBI square (with a rounded left side) with a standard blue FBI logo. On the right we see the white word "WARNING" (in larger script) and the white warning text below. It would later go to the next screen: On a blue background we see a larger white word "WARNING" in a somewhat odd font and the white INTERPOL text below inbetween the two white bars seen at the top and bottom at the screen.
Variant: A bright maroon background version of this also exists.
Availability: Seen on Media Home Entertainment, Music Media, Nostalgia Merchandiser, and Hi-Tips Video releases of the era. Also seen on tapes from Imperial Entertainment and TransWorld Entertainment. The bright maroon background variant was only seen on New Star Video releases. Also appears on Monarch Home Video releases (1st screen only). This appeared at the end of tapes until 1985.
Scare Factor: Depends on the following:
- First screen: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium.
- Second screen: Medium; the rather large "WARNING" and its font may surprise some.
Warning: We see the warning screen scrolling up. On a blue background we see the following text in white:
The motion picture contained
in this video cassette is
protected under the copyright
laws of the United States
and other countries. This
cassette is sold for home use
only and all other
rights are expressly
reversed by the copyright
owner of such motion
picture. Any copying or
public performance of
such motion picture is
strictly prohibited and may
subject the offender
to civil liability and severe
UNITED STATES CODE
SECTIONS 501 AND 506.
Variant: Some releases have the text in a different font.
FX/SFX: The scroll up of the Warning.
Cheesy Factor: The graphics are very early 1980s.
Availability: Seen at the start of Media Home Entertainment, Music Media, The Nostalgia Merchandiser and Hi-Tips Video releases of the era.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Warning: On a light purple background, we see a large transparent white FBI logo in the center. The black text superimposed over it reads:
FBI WARNING Edit
Federal law provides severe civil and
criminal penalties for the unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of
copyrighted motion pictures and video
tapes. (Title 17, United States Code,
Sections 501 and 506)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
investigates allegations of criminal
copyright infringement (Title 17, United
States Code, Section 506)
Moments later, it will fade out and go to the INTERPOL warning, which reads:
INTERPOL WARNING Edit
International agreements and national
laws protect copyrighted motion pictures,
video tapes and sound recordings.
Unauthorized reproduction, exhibition or
distribution of copyrighted motion pictures
can result in severe criminal and civil
penalties under the laws of your country.
After a few seconds, the text will fade to this:
INTERPOL WARNING Edit
The International Criminal Police
its concern about motion picture and
sound recording policy to all of its member
national police forces. (Resolution adopted
at INTERPOL General Assembly,
Stockholm, Sweden, September 8, 1977)
Variant: Lyrick Studios also uses this warning (and some releases of VeggieTales from Word Entertainment), except it uses yellow text, a purple stone background, the lining of the text is different, and the line above "INTERPOL WARNING" is absent.
FX/SFX: None except for the fading of the INTERPOL text.
Availability: Seen on Media Home Entertainment, Nostalgia Merchandiser, Hudson Music, Hi-Tips Video, and Box Hills Video releases of the era. Also seen on Northgate Entertainment releases as well as later TransWorld Entertainment releases. Also seen on Lyons Group and early Lyrick Studios releases (which at first used the original version, but started using the purple stone version in 1996). The Lyrick/Lyons Group version can also be seen on VeggieTales tapes from Word and Everland Entertainment, likely due to VeggieTales also being released by Lyrick Studios in the late '90s. Also appears on Ardustry Home Entertainment and Allumination Filmworks releases.
Scare Factor: None.