You Wouldn’t Invade Poland…

…but you’d commit genocide by downloading feature films:

See the original anti-piracy ad here.

7 comments to You Wouldn’t Invade Poland…

  • Indeed, the fact the the MPAA’s ad uses over-the-top examples is a big part of why it’s so bad. But the major flaw in the MPAA’s ad is that they are comparing easy-to-copy goods (DVDs) with hard-to-copy goods (cars and purses). For example, if I steal your car, you can no longer enjoy the use of it. If I steal your purse and take all your money, you can no longer use that money. However, if I copy a DVD you own, I can enjoy the content on that DVD without reducing the enjoyment you receive from it.

    If the MPAA wants respect, they have to be honest with the consumer. DVDs and CDs are not like hard-to-copy goods. The MPAA needs to explain that to consumers and show that copyright serves a useful purpose (if it does) by demonstrating that their business model is the best for consumers.

    Fortunately, many creators outside the MPAA and RIAA see that the easy-to-copy property of digital media does not have to be a bad thing. Jonathan Coulton describes Creative Commons licenses, which promote copying, as being “a joy multiplier”: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/10753.

  • Mike Caprio

    Man, I want to see one of those for fair use… :)

  • Patrick Di Justo

    I was convicted of genocide and all I got was this lousy movie!

  • Liesje Kraai

    Not sure if you’ve seen this one but it’s one of my favorites:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiXSuXWgQtc

    I saw this a dozen times in the theaters in Japan and was always wondering what it could possibly be for. Finally a friend who spoke Japanese explained it was an anti-piracy ad.

  • Hahahahahah! Thanks for the over-the-top Japanese anti-piracy link. Gives me an idea for another one: “Every time you download, Jesus kills a puppy.”

  • Mike Caprio

    Jesus *eats* a puppy!

  • hey nina,
    nice link!
    I found another one that is really fun.
    http://gellnerism.blogspot.com/2007/12/piracy-schniracy.html

    how are you doing? I hope all is well.

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