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30th Apr '16 1:05:09 PM Tarlonniel
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If you're watching television, it doesn't matter if the characters are drug-smuggling, whore-mongering, granny-beating, world-destroying murderers: the illegal downloading of movies and music [[EvenEvilHasStandards is guaranteed to morally offend them]]. Any good character who doesn't fall in with this philosophy will [[AnAesop learn his lesson]] by the end of the episode. Expect physical theft to be used as a comparison and/or a plot point. T

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If you're watching television, it doesn't matter if the characters are drug-smuggling, whore-mongering, granny-beating, world-destroying murderers: the illegal downloading of movies and music [[EvenEvilHasStandards is guaranteed to morally offend them]]. Any good character who doesn't fall in with this philosophy will [[AnAesop learn his lesson]] by the end of the episode. Expect physical theft to be used as a comparison and/or a plot point. T
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23rd Apr '16 2:25:18 PM ChaoticNovelist
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If you're watching television, it doesn't matter if the characters are drug-smuggling, whore-mongering, granny-beating, world-destroying murderers: the illegal downloading of movies and music [[EvenEvilHasStandards is guaranteed to morally offend them]]. Any good character who doesn't fall in with this philosophy will [[AnAesop learn his lesson]] by the end of the episode. Expect physical theft to be used as a comparison and/or a plot point. That said, both sides of the debate are rife with [[TheWarOnStraw inaccuracies and strawman statements]]. There are much more nuances to the matter and to the sides than often given credit for.

Most videos these days have the now-standard Interpol Notice, many DVD's also include a [[PublicServiceAnnouncement PSA]] in the beginning about how piracy is wrong. In the most extreme cases, this segment can't be skipped...sometimes the disc can't even be stopped while it's playing. Ironically, the person who's logically most likely to see it is someone who legally paid to own a copy because those who end up distributing these downloads like to edit them out.

KeepCirculatingTheTapes and {{Abandonware}} are related concepts. However, in regards to this trope, they are usually ignored. This is because companies that are the victims of such types of piracy often give subtle glances that they don't particularly care, [[DigitalPiracyIsOkay may even actively encourage it]], or [[CriticalExistenceFailure have ceased to exist]] and so left the material in limbo, and tends to be virtually unsalable anyway since it is often obsolete systems and formats that were commercially viable in the day but are now barely supportable now. InformationWantsToBeFree, on the other hand, will usually pose a clear danger and demand swift action. [[CantStopTheSignal Not that it will help much]]. Not to mention, people typically don't complain about KeepCirculatingTheTapes and {{Abandonware}} anyways, since it's not exactly hurting any business if the market's non-existent in the first place.

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If you're watching television, it doesn't matter if the characters are drug-smuggling, whore-mongering, granny-beating, world-destroying murderers: the illegal downloading of movies and music [[EvenEvilHasStandards is guaranteed to morally offend them]]. Any good character who doesn't fall in with this philosophy will [[AnAesop learn his lesson]] by the end of the episode. Expect physical theft to be used as a comparison and/or a plot point. That said, both sides of the debate are rife with [[TheWarOnStraw inaccuracies and strawman statements]]. There are much more nuances to the matter and to the sides than often given credit for.

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Most videos these days have the now-standard Interpol Notice, many DVD's also include a [[PublicServiceAnnouncement PSA]] in the beginning about how piracy is wrong. In the most extreme cases, this segment can't be skipped...sometimes the disc can't even be stopped while it's playing. Ironically, the person who's logically most likely to see it is someone who legally paid to own a copy because those who end up distributing these downloads like to edit them out.

KeepCirculatingTheTapes and {{Abandonware}} are related concepts. However, in regards to this trope, they are usually ignored. This is because companies that are the victims of such types of piracy often give subtle glances that they don't particularly care, [[DigitalPiracyIsOkay may even actively encourage it]], or [[CriticalExistenceFailure have ceased to exist]] and so left the material in limbo, and tends to be virtually unsalable anyway since it is often obsolete systems and formats that were commercially viable in the day but are now barely supportable now. InformationWantsToBeFree, on the other hand, will usually pose a clear danger and demand swift action. [[CantStopTheSignal Not that it will help much]]. Not to mention, people typically don't complain about KeepCirculatingTheTapes and {{Abandonware}} anyways, since it's not exactly hurting any business if the market's non-existent in the first place.



For the polar opposite, see DigitalPiracyIsOkay.

This is far from being a DiscreditedTrope or a DeadHorseTrope nowadays, more of a CyclicTrope given how public opinion swings on the issue of copyright protection at any given time. [[HilariousInHindsight Given]] [[MemeticMutation you can now]] [[http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/would-you-download-a-car-man-3d-prints-lifesize-aston-martin-db4-8744159.html download a car...]]

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For the polar opposite, see DigitalPiracyIsOkay.

DigitalPiracyIsOkay. This is heated debate in real life. and both sides of it are rife with [[TheWarOnStraw inaccuracies and strawman statements]]. There are much more nuances to the matter and to the sides than often given credit for.

This is far from being a DiscreditedTrope or a DeadHorseTrope nowadays, DeadHorseTrope. It's more of a CyclicTrope given how public opinion swings on the issue of copyright protection at any given time. [[HilariousInHindsight Given]] [[MemeticMutation you can now]] [[http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/would-you-download-a-car-man-3d-prints-lifesize-aston-martin-db4-8744159.html download a car...]]
17th Apr '16 7:57:42 PM igordebraga
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* ESPN Brazil narrator Romulo Mendonça flip-flops: at times he'll say that games the network won't broadcast are only available through "corsair means" (i.e. streams), at times in a mocking way, particularly if it's about streams to ESPN itself ("don't use a corsair, or else the Feds are coming for you!", "you watching in the corsair will get this in about 30 minutes..."). But Romulo's Twitter has him honestly mention he's resorting to streams, or asking for "corsair links... discreetly...".
13th Apr '16 10:33:03 PM Prfnoff
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* The UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} game ''Lionheart'' had an "Info" screen questioning whether a game for "a pirate tormented machine" that took "four young and idealistic, but nevertheless PAID people" 16 months of effort to make would be able to pay off its development costs, and warning people who copied the game, "I hope you won't run around complaining that there are no good action titles for your machine anymore. Not we decide to quit developing those for the Amiga. You do. You did." Unfortunately, the prediction that ''Lionheart'' might be "the last action game by Thalion" proved correct; fortunately, programmer Erwin Kloibhofer and graphic designer Henk Nieborg went on to develop similar games for other systems at Creator/{{Psygnosis}}.

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} game ''Lionheart'' had an "Info" screen questioning whether a game for "a pirate tormented machine" that took "four young and idealistic, but nevertheless PAID people" 16 months of effort to make would be able to pay off its development costs, and warning people who copied the game, "I hope you won't run around complaining that there are no good action titles for your machine anymore. Not we decide to quit developing those for the Amiga. You do. You did." Unfortunately, the prediction that ''Lionheart'' might be "the last action game by Thalion" proved correct; correct, as Thalion folded the next year; fortunately, programmer Erwin Kloibhofer and graphic designer Henk Nieborg went on to develop similar games for other systems at Creator/{{Psygnosis}}.
25th Mar '16 10:21:35 AM hydrix
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* The Dutch company filmwereld has created a few anti-piracy ads.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfogrh_uEZg The first in the series]] thanks the viewer for buying a legal copy.
** The second one, which [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jXV4SgUZng has]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9avGMTByY4 many]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYpvfAYiNOA variants]], gives you a glimpse into the film world and ends with them showing that they fight piracy.
4th Jan '16 10:14:05 AM AHI-3000
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** After Granddad forced Jasmine to accompany him and the boys while they sneak into the movies, an ad that played before the movie compared digital piracy (and "stealing movies") to murder and featured a movie stuntman who said that it hurts when someone "steals all that work". Jasmine started crying, said "I'm sorry, Mr. Stuntman," and wanted to turn herself in to her father, the assistant district attorney. The actual episode ends with Huey saying they should have just downloaded the movie off the internet instead of sneaking into the theater.
** In another episode, Jasmine's dad Tom condemned his wife for downloading music not for any moral reason, but out of an irrational fear of being caught and sent to prison (and then being anally raped).

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** After In "A Date with the Health Inspector", Jazmine's father Tom condemned his wife for downloading music not for any moral reason, but out of an irrational fear of being caught and sent to prison (and then being anally raped).
** In "...Or Die Trying", after
Granddad forced Jasmine Jazmine to accompany him and the boys while they sneak into the movies, an ad that played before the movie compared digital piracy (and "stealing movies") to murder and featured a movie stuntman who said that it hurts when someone "steals all that work". Jasmine Jazmine started crying, said "I'm sorry, Mr. Stuntman," and wanted to turn herself in to her father, the assistant district attorney. The actual episode ends with Huey saying they should have just downloaded the movie off the internet instead of sneaking into the theater.
** In another episode, Jasmine's dad Tom condemned his wife for downloading music not for any moral reason, but out of an irrational fear of being caught and sent to prison (and then being anally raped).
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3rd Jan '16 8:48:13 AM Doug86
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* Website/YouTube's video about Copyright Infringement, starring none other than [[HappyTreeFriends Russell]]!: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InzDjH1-9Ns&feature=relmfu]]

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* Website/YouTube's video about Copyright Infringement, starring none other than [[HappyTreeFriends [[WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends Russell]]!: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InzDjH1-9Ns&feature=relmfu]]
1st Jan '16 3:48:52 PM billybobfred
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* In ''Videogame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen'', an anti piracy message that says "By the way, if you like this game, buy it or die" will activate by using a Seagallop Ferry when playing a dumped ROM version of the game.

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* In ''Videogame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen'', an anti piracy message that says "By the way, if you like this game, buy it or die" will activate by using a Seagallop Ferry when playing a dumped ROM version of the game. Ironically, this was actually added in by the hackers that dumped the ROM originally, and isn't in the official game code.
30th Dec '15 3:52:38 PM Zuxtron
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* Certain tracks on promotional copies of Music/{{Alestorm}}'s "Black Sails at Midnight" open with a voice-over of the vocalist saying [[TalkLikeAPirate "Yarrr, you’re listening to the new Alestorm album, Black Sails at Midnight... remember, piracy is a crime!"]], presumably in order to discourage the sharing of these tracks. Pretty weird that they try to combat pirates, considering that the band is pirate-themed.
24th Dec '15 4:16:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* The disclaimer on the back of the AllTimeLow album So Wrong It's Right says this:

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* The disclaimer on the back of the AllTimeLow Music/AllTimeLow album So Wrong It's Right says this:
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