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False Alarm: 'Olympus' Movie Ad Draws $1.9 Million Fine

 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
"Olympus Has Fallen"FilmDistrict

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"Olympus Has Fallen" movie ads used official government warning tones.FilmDistrict

It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.

The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it was fining three media giants $1.9 million for using the official warning tones in an ad for the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" that had some complainants jumping out of bathtubs and racing to the TV screen.

The companies have 30 days to contest the fines or pay up.

The ad aired 108 times on Viacom Inc. networks like BET and Comedy Central, 38 times on NBCUniversal channels like USA and SyFy and 13 times on The Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN in March 2013. (NBC News.com is owned by NBCUniversal.)

—Associated Press

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