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Reported to Senate amended (07/18/2002)

Anticounterfeiting Amendments of 2002 - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit trafficking in an illicit authentication feature affixed to or embedded in a phonorecord, a copy of a computer program, a copy of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, or documentation and packaging.

Defines an "authentication feature" as any hologram, watermark, certification, symbol, code, image, sequence of numbers or letters, or other feature used by the respective copyright owner to verify that the product is not counterfeit or otherwise infringing of any copyright. Defines an "illicit"authentication feature as one that: (1) is genuine but has been tampered with or altered without the authorization of the copyright owner to induce a third party to reproduce or accept distribution of the product in violation of the rights of the copyright owner; (2) is genuine but has been or is intended to be distributed without the authorization of the copyright owner and not in connection with the lawfully made product for which it was intended; or (3) appears to be genuine but is not.

Authorizes an injured copyright owner to bring a civil action in an appropriate U.S. district court. Sets forth remedies for violations, including providing for the calculation of actual damages or the recovery of specified statutory damages.