A US movie trailer for the film, Olympus Has Fallen, has gained fines of almost $2 million after it included the actual series of noises used by the government in cases of national emergency.
The Federal Communications Commission found that three media companies had “apparently wilfully and repeatedly violated” its rules regarding the proper use of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The trailer was shown on three TV channels Comedy Central, ESPN and SyFy in March last year.
The FCC review said this week that Olympus Has Fallen, which starred Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, breached its rules and caused “the transmission of false distress signals”.
It is facing three fines: $1.1 million in penalties for airing the ad 108 times, $530,000 for showing the trailer 38 times, $280,000 for showing the promo 13 times on three of its networks.
When the trailer was first put on YouTube 11 months ago, one user apparently commented: “I can personally guarantee that before TV stations air the movie and if the EAS tones are in it, stations will either substitute [in] other tones or simply blank them out entirely.”
Watch trailer here: