Seizure, the act of an authority temporarily taking possession of evidence, dangerous objects or substances (e.g. drugs) or money received in compensation for criminal acts. The objects seized will not be returned if they are subject to forfeiture or if they are potentially dangerous, e.g. syringes seized from drug-addicts. Material seized under copyright law which serves the unauthorised use, distribution or reproduction of copyrighted material may be destroyed or rendered unusable.