Authority and powers of police officers under the copyright act of Trinidad & Tobago

45. (1) A police officer not below the rank of Powers of
Police Officers Inspector, or a police officer below the rank of Inspector acting on the authority of a warrant issued under subsection (4),may-
(a) enter and search any premises or place;
(b) stop, board and search any vessel (other
than a ship of war) or any aircraft (other than a military aircraft);
(c) stop and search any vehicle,
in which he reasonably suspects that there are infringing copies of works, performances, sound recordings or broadcasts in which copyright or neighbouring rights subsist or any plates, moulds, matrices, masters, tapes, film negatives, or other articles by means of which such copies of works, performances, sound recordings or broadcasts may be reproduced, and all electronic, mechanical or other devices for manufacturing, reproducing, or assembling such copies of works, performances, sound recordings or broadcasts.
(2) A police officer not below the rank of Inspector, or a police officer below the rank of Inspector acting on the authority of a warrant issued under subsection (4), may seize, remove or detain-
(a) any article which appears to him to be an infringing copy of a work, performance, sound recording or broadcast in which copyright or neighbouring rights subsist or any plate, mould, matrix, master, tape or f lm negative, or other article by means of which such copy of a work, performance, sound recording or broadcast may be reproduced, and any electronic, mechanical or other device for manufacturing, reproducing, or assembling such copy of a work, performance, sound recording or broadcast; and
(b) anything which appears to him to be or to contain evidence of an offence under this Act.
(3) A police officer not below the rank of Inspector, or a police officer below the rank of Inspector acting on the authority of a warrant issued under subsection (4), may-
(a)break open any outer or inner door of any place which he is empowered or authorized by this Act to enter and search;
(b)forcibly board any vessel, aircraft or vehicle which he is empowered by this Act to stop, board and search;
(c)remove by force any person or thing obstructing him in the exercise of any power conferred on him by this Act;
(d)detain any person found in any place which he is empowered or authorized by this Act to search until such place has been searched;
(e)detain any vessel or aircraft which he is empowered by this Act to stop, board and search, and prevent any person from approaching or boarding such vessel or aircraft until it has been searched;
(f)detain any vehicle which he is empowered by this Act to stop and search until it has been searched.
(4) A Magistrate may, if he is satisfied by information on oath that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that there is in any premises, place, vessel (other than a ship of war), aircraft (other than a military aircraft) or vehicle, any article which may be seized, removed or detained under subsection (2), issue a warrant authorizing a police officer below the rank of Inspector to enter and search the premises, vessel, aircraft or vehicle, as the case may be.
(5) A warrant issued under subsection (4) may authorize any person to accompany the police officer executing the warrant.

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