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18th Jul '17 6:03:05 AM MagBas
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18th Jul '17 5:56:06 AM MagBas
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* This [[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121116/16481921080/house-republicans-copyright-law-destroys-markets-its-time-real-reform.shtml policy brief document that was released by the Republican Study Committee on copyright reform]], among other things, suggests that copyright violates nearly every tenet of laissez faire capitalism (and with rather solid reasoning, too), which makes the page image HilariousInHindsight.
17th Jul '17 10:29:04 AM DustSnitch
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* This [[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121116/16481921080/house-republicans-copyright-law-destroys-markets-its-time-real-reform.shtml policy brief document that was released by the Republican Study Committee on copyright reform]], among other things, suggests that copyright ''violates nearly every tenet of laissez faire capitalism'' (and with rather solid reasoning, too), which makes the page image HilariousInHindsight.

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* This [[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121116/16481921080/house-republicans-copyright-law-destroys-markets-its-time-real-reform.shtml policy brief document that was released by the Republican Study Committee on copyright reform]], among other things, suggests that copyright ''violates violates nearly every tenet of laissez faire capitalism'' capitalism (and with rather solid reasoning, too), which makes the page image HilariousInHindsight.
9th Jul '17 2:06:26 PM whateveryousay21
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* How does Kiss feel about it? Gene Simmons has said he wants anyone who downloads music to be thrown in prison for life.
4th Jul '17 3:37:40 PM merotoker
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** And to top it all off, the [=PSAs=] state that piracy is stealing. This is a legal stipulation that anti-piracy lawyers are trying to ''avoid'', due to certain loopholes, basic knowledge of intellectual property laws is required to know that copyright infringment and theft are totally different things, intellectual property is not actual property, and there's the logical conclusion that copying something is not the same thing as stealing, stealing removes the original, copying creates another.

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** And to top it all off, the [=PSAs=] state that piracy is stealing. This is a legal stipulation that anti-piracy lawyers are trying to ''avoid'', due to certain loopholes, basic knowledge of intellectual property laws is required to know that copyright infringment infringement and theft are totally different things, intellectual property is not actual property, and there's the logical conclusion that copying something is not the same thing as stealing, stealing removes the original, copying creates another.



* In Mexico there is a campain against piracy, which features direct links between you buying a pirate and your children learning to copy in exams and steal. "Pirate movies look bad, but you as a parent look worse" and [[ThinkOfTheChildren "what you are teaching to your children?"]] are the (in)famous slogans of this campain.

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* In Mexico there is a campain campaign against piracy, which features direct links between you buying a pirate and your children learning to copy in exams and steal. "Pirate movies look bad, but you as a parent look worse" and [[ThinkOfTheChildren "what you are teaching to your children?"]] are the (in)famous slogans of this campain.campaign.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT7ijnOHEDs The second ad features a woman watching the camera man dancing in a theater and looking surprised at him. It also mentions that illegally uploaded files on the internet are illegal to download.]]

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT7ijnOHEDs The second ad features a woman watching the camera man dancing in a theater and looking surprised at him. It also mentions that illegally uploaded files on the internet Internet are illegal to download.]]



* They're putting these warnings [[TheInternetIsForPorn on porn [=DVD=]s]], of all places.
** Porn producers have an advantage in that some of their material can embarrass even the most brazen pirate. Some companies concentrate their copyright-infringement efforts on their kinkiest products in order to maximize the potential embarrassment of fighting them in court.

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* They're putting these warnings [[TheInternetIsForPorn on porn [=DVD=]s]], of all places.
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places. Porn producers have an advantage in that some of their material can embarrass even the most brazen pirate. Some companies concentrate their copyright-infringement efforts on their kinkiest products in order to maximize the potential embarrassment of fighting them in court.



* ''Galaxy Tunes'' by Rob Reid. Aliens find out in horror that they inadvertedly violated Earths copyright rules (by listening to the radio wave scatter) and want to set things right. [[HilarityEnsues You guess what happens.]]
* ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor'' Averted with the [[https://goo.gl/7IlMZf free PDF version of the book,]] released by the author.

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* ''Galaxy Tunes'' by Rob Reid. Aliens find out in horror that they inadvertedly inadvertently violated Earths copyright rules (by listening to the radio wave scatter) and want to set things right. [[HilarityEnsues You guess what happens.]]
* ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor'' ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor'': Averted with the [[https://goo.gl/7IlMZf free PDF version of the book,]] released by the author.



* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz listed the things "I don't do", which included "I don't download music without paying for it." Averted in "Believe in the Stars," where Jack tries to prove there's a limit to Kenneth's IncorruptiblePurePureness. Jack ''is'' eventually able to entice him to steal his neighbors' cable, which remains pretty much the only bad thing Kenneth ever did on the show. Even [[OurAngelsAreDifferent immortal]] [[ThePollyanna Pollyannas]] can be tempted by ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.

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* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz listed the things "I don't do", which included "I don't download music without paying for it." Averted in "Believe in the Stars," where Jack tries to prove there's a limit to Kenneth's IncorruptiblePurePureness. Jack ''is'' eventually able to entice him to steal his neighbors' cable, which remains pretty much the only bad thing Kenneth ever did on the show. Even [[OurAngelsAreDifferent immortal]] [[ThePollyanna Pollyannas]] can be tempted by ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.



* An episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had Kramer convince Jerry to get an illegal cable hookup. Jerry subsequently has a dream where he's busted, and is shot hundreds of times while trying to make a run for it, dying in Kramer's arms.
--> "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKlxy1ZFhMA What have you done to my little cable boy?!]]"

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* An ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
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episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had Kramer convince Jerry to get an illegal cable hookup. Jerry subsequently has a dream where he's busted, and is shot hundreds of times while trying to make a run for it, dying in Kramer's arms.
--> ---> "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKlxy1ZFhMA What have you done to my little cable boy?!]]"



* In one ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' StoryArc, the villain turns out to be a VHS tape pirate (his case isn't helped by having started a fire earlier)

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* In one ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' StoryArc, the villain turns out to be a VHS tape pirate (his case isn't helped by having started a fire earlier)earlier).



* [[http://www.cnbc.com/crime-inc-hollywood-robbery/ An episode of the documentary television series Crime, Inc]] (not to be confused with the 1945 film Film/CrimeInc) on CNBC explores the effect of digital and media piracy (though thankfully in a non-Anvilicious manner). While it is true that many works of commercial fiction such as movies and video games can be worth millions and that the actors/voice actors, directors, and other high ranking producers involved may make a big paycheck (and [[{{Anvilicious}} thus are notoriously used as]] StrawCharacters by pro-piracy individuals to mock traditional consumers) and thus their incomes will not be in jeopardy, however claiming that piracy doesn't harm anyone is not accurate. The episode also shows how the unsung contributors who don't get to be on screen (e.g. stunt performers, camera men/women, editors, and other computer specialists) to be a very considerable part (and in most cases more so than well known celebrities) of movies' and games' production, but don't get paid anywhere near the amount of big name individuals, depend on the income they get for their work that goes unseen by the general public that is now lost because of illegal online sharing.

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* [[http://www.cnbc.com/crime-inc-hollywood-robbery/ An episode of the documentary television series Crime, Inc]] (not to be confused with the 1945 film Film/CrimeInc) on CNBC explores the effect of digital and media piracy (though thankfully in a non-Anvilicious manner). While it is true that many works of commercial fiction such as movies and video games can be worth millions and that the actors/voice actors, directors, and other high ranking producers involved may make a big paycheck (and [[{{Anvilicious}} thus are notoriously used as]] StrawCharacters {{Straw Character}}s by pro-piracy individuals to mock traditional consumers) and thus their incomes will not be in jeopardy, however claiming that piracy doesn't harm anyone is not accurate. The episode also shows how the unsung contributors who don't get to be on screen (e.g. stunt performers, camera men/women, editors, and other computer specialists) to be a very considerable part (and in most cases more so than well known celebrities) of movies' and games' production, but don't get paid anywhere near the amount of big name individuals, depend on the income they get for their work that goes unseen by the general public that is now lost because of illegal online sharing.



* Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Don't Download This Song". Which he made available for downloading for free off [[http://www.myspace.com/weirdal his Myspace page]] several weeks before the album came out, thus ensuring the only way to hear it initially was to [[HypocriticalHumor download the song]]. The video which accompanies it is absolutely not to be missed... but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM8PT1eAvY how does one go about finding and watching a several-years-old music video]]?[[note]] The previous video we linked to was taken down...[[{{Irony}} for violating copyright.]][[/note]]

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* Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Don't Download This Song". Which he made available for downloading for free off [[http://www.myspace.com/weirdal his Myspace MySpace page]] several weeks before the album came out, thus ensuring the only way to hear it initially was to [[HypocriticalHumor download the song]]. The video which accompanies it is absolutely not to be missed... but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM8PT1eAvY how does one go about finding and watching a several-years-old music video]]?[[note]] The previous video we linked to was taken down...[[{{Irony}} for violating copyright.]][[/note]]



* The new ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for 3DS and Wii U was originally slated to have a story mode like the Subspace Emissary from ''Brawl'', but the idea was scrapped when MasahiroSakurai determined it would be pointless, since those who wanted to see the story could see the cutscenes uploaded to Youtube in lieu of actually buying the game. Instead, he decided to use Youtube to hype up the new game with trailers for each new character.

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* The new ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for 3DS and Wii U was originally slated to have a story mode like the Subspace Emissary from ''Brawl'', but the idea was scrapped when MasahiroSakurai determined it would be pointless, since those who wanted to see the story could see the cutscenes uploaded to Youtube Website/YouTube in lieu of actually buying the game. Instead, he decided to use Youtube [=YouTube=] to hype up the new game with trailers for each new character.



* Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger had an interplanetary MegaCorp that owned all copyrights up to brain-stripping elderly scientists and artists, at which point an alliance led by [[MarySueTopia Empire of the Seven Systems]] declared war on them and shot their CEO out of a railgun at the moon. The name of that corporation, [[{{Anvilicious}} the R.I.A.A.]] (though it might ''be'' the RIAA; Earth is implied to be part of the Empire).

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* Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' had an interplanetary MegaCorp that owned all copyrights up to brain-stripping elderly scientists and artists, at which point an alliance led by [[MarySueTopia Empire of the Seven Systems]] declared war on them and shot their CEO out of a railgun at the moon. The name of that corporation, [[{{Anvilicious}} the R.I.A.A.]] (though it might ''be'' the RIAA; Earth is implied to be part of the Empire).



* In general, a lot of gaming channels on Youtube, especially those run by those who collect game cartridges and hardware, will be anywhere from passive-aggressive to outright vicious at the idea of playing old games on emulators. Though it does come off as a bit hypocritical of them to do so, since many of them admit to buying their game collections USED meaning the game companies don't see a dime off their purchases.

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* In general, a lot of gaming channels on Youtube, Website/YouTube, especially those run by those who collect game cartridges and hardware, will be anywhere from passive-aggressive to outright vicious at the idea of playing old games on emulators. Though it does come off as a bit hypocritical of them to do so, since many of them admit to buying their game collections USED meaning the game companies don't see a dime off their purchases.



** In "...Or Die Trying", after Granddad forced 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". 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.

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** In "...Or Die Trying", after Granddad forced 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". 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 Internet instead of sneaking into the theater.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' plays with this trope. One episode involves a guy who sells pirated [=DVDs=] and video games, and Comicbook/BlueBeetle mentions that he will be arrested for it offscreen. While his piracy is depicted as a bad thing, it's also made out to be small potatoes compared to his status as a DomesticAbuser.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' plays with this trope. One episode involves a guy who sells pirated [=DVDs=] and video games, and Comicbook/BlueBeetle mentions that he will be arrested for it offscreen. While his piracy is depicted as a bad thing, it's also made out to be small potatoes compared to his status as a DomesticAbuser.{{Domestic Abuse}}r.



*** {{Website/Cracked}} ZigZags this trope a lot, from outing [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20290_5-famous-online-copyright-crusaders-who-are-total-hypocrites.html anti-piracy crusaders as hypocrites]], to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20482_5-hilarious-ways-game-designers-are-messing-with-pirates.html lauding some of the ways pirates were screwed with]], to even making their own [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-only-convincing-anti-piracy-psa-in-history/ tongue-in-cheek anti-piracy PSA]]

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*** {{Website/Cracked}} ZigZags [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zags]] this trope a lot, from outing [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20290_5-famous-online-copyright-crusaders-who-are-total-hypocrites.html anti-piracy crusaders as hypocrites]], to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20482_5-hilarious-ways-game-designers-are-messing-with-pirates.html lauding some of the ways pirates were screwed with]], to even making their own [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-only-convincing-anti-piracy-psa-in-history/ tongue-in-cheek anti-piracy PSA]]
17th Jun '17 10:33:33 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had an episode where Beast Boy illegally downloaded a game and it gave Cyborg a virus since he did it on Cyborg's power charger which he mistook for a computer. It had Cyborg seeing food-based hallucinations. While not particularly {{Anvilicious}}, it was rather funny. It was also one of the more realistic examples (aside from the FridgeLogic about how a power charger could play a game and store a virus in the first place, much less transfer that data to Cyborg rather than just charge his batteries). He downloaded a supposed prerelease of a very popular and anticipated game. Those sorts of things would be prime targets for viruses. Then again, [[TechnologyMarchesOn what do you use nowadays]] [[AccidentallyAccurate to charge your cellphone?]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had an episode where Beast Boy illegally downloaded a game and it gave Cyborg a virus since he did it on Cyborg's power charger which he mistook for a computer. It had Cyborg seeing food-based hallucinations. While not particularly {{Anvilicious}}, it was rather funny. It was also one of the more realistic examples (aside from the FridgeLogic about question of how a power charger could play a game and store a virus in the first place, much less transfer that data to Cyborg rather than just charge his batteries). He downloaded a supposed prerelease of a very popular and anticipated game. Those sorts of things would be prime targets for viruses. Then again, [[TechnologyMarchesOn what do you use nowadays]] [[AccidentallyAccurate to charge your cellphone?]]
26th May '17 11:03:31 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* At the start of ''[[Literature/FoxAndOHare The Heist]]'', Kate is assigned to assist the MPAA in breaking up a piracy ring.
23rd Apr '17 2:15:53 PM nombretomado
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* The ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales of]]'' series has anti-piracy messages at the start of some of their games; when the game is booted up, a character will come on screen and talk about they're relying on the player to keep the industry alive, et al.

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* The ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales of]]'' ''VideoGame/TalesOf'' series has anti-piracy messages at the start of some of their games; when the game is booted up, a character will come on screen and talk about they're relying on the player to keep the industry alive, et al.
22nd Apr '17 3:28:50 AM marcoasalazarm
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** Not exactly digital piracy in the sense of downloading movies/music, but when Homer got [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E13HomerVsLisaAndThe8thCommandment stolen cable]] (cable, now, being digital for many North Americans, though arguably not at the time), this trope is played remarkably straight. Even the guy who hooks up the cable is later shown to be stealing car stereos and breaking into houses. Homer, who's shown to have stolen from Moe's and work and is an unabashed alcoholic and JerkAss, comes to view this as a kind of [[EvenEvilHasStandards evil even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards he]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't support]].

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** Not exactly digital piracy in the sense of downloading movies/music, but when Homer got [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E13HomerVsLisaAndThe8thCommandment stolen cable]] (cable, now, being digital for many North Americans, though arguably not at the time), this trope is played remarkably straight. Even the guy who hooks up the cable is later shown to be stealing car stereos and breaking into houses. Homer, who's shown to have stolen from Moe's and work and is an unabashed alcoholic and JerkAss, comes to view this (although only after [[SoapboxSadie Lisa and Marge]] guilt-tripped him to the point he gave in) as a kind of [[EvenEvilHasStandards evil even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards he]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't support]].
22nd Apr '17 2:32:52 AM marcoasalazarm
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* In ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance'', Johnny implies that an illegal download would be judged just as harshly as a white lie.

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* In ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance'', Johnny implies that an illegal download would be judged just as harshly as a white lie. Then again, he states on his narration that the Ghost Rider has become so KnightTemplar-crazy that said "harsh judgement" would '''definitely''' get you killed.
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