Legal Guidelines for Using Fake Money in Films and Television

Written by Art in the News. Posted in Movie props, Prop money for movies, Real fake money

There are quite a few television shows and movies that need realistic-looking money for a variety of scenes. Since the money used for these film props isn’t real currency, it needs to be made by an experienced prop house. Between 1970 to 2000, for example, nearly 270 types, and 2,000 sub-types of custom prop money was produced.

Legal Guidelines for Using Fake Money

It’s important to note that the Secret Services was established in 1865 for the express purpose of tracking down money counterfeiters. This was due to roughly 33% of all U.S. currency being fake during that time. The Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992 specifies that when bills are reproduced for film props, they need to either be less than 75% or more than 150% the size of real currency. Or, these bills can be one-sided. As long as the fake currency adheres to size requirements, Title 18, United States Code, Section 504 allows it to be reproduced in black-and-white. Furthermore, when digital copies are made, th