Having one's intellectual property assets copied and sold illegally can result in significant losses, making it tempting to seize such copies personally when possible. However, it is important to understand that this action can also be deemed illegal, making it important to understand the limits in retrieving such materials. Generally, one's ownership of intellectual material does not authorize the seizure of media containing such content in Tennessee.
The state's law does not authorize a private individual to forcibly take counterfeit, bootleg, or pirated materials. Additionally, making a threat of intent to prosecute in order to coerce someone into turning over such media could result in extortion charges. Such an individual might argue that there was an effort to make a reasonable claim for compensation connected to the use of intellectual property. However, the outcome in such a scenario is not predictable. Evidence supporting the action would be important in making such a defense related to personally seizing suspected materials