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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.
22nd Apr '17 2:13:10 AM alspawn
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* This trope is criticized in "Download This Song" by MC Lars.
19th Apr '17 4:50:16 PM Jayam
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* Played with in the ''Creator/HarryTurtledove'' AlternateHistory novel ''RuledBrittania''. Creator/WilliamShakespeare doesn't like the contemporary equivalent of digital piracy - people creating transcripts of his plays and selling them, rather than buying the scripts directly from him - but he's more upset by the poor quality of the "pirate" scripts, which often butcher his dialogue or confuse characters (note-it takes place before the first copyright law in England, so this is legal).

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* Played with in the ''Creator/HarryTurtledove'' AlternateHistory novel ''RuledBrittania''.''RuledBritannia''. Creator/WilliamShakespeare doesn't like the contemporary equivalent of digital piracy - people creating transcripts of his plays and selling them, rather than buying the scripts directly from him - but he's more upset by the poor quality of the "pirate" scripts, which often butcher his dialogue or confuse characters (note-it takes place before the first copyright law in England, so this is legal).
13th Apr '17 6:34:21 PM nombretomado
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* Another parody: the first thing you see upon starting up the ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' DVD is: "Please don't copy this DVD. Or else SlenderMan will get you."[[note]]The message was added by the DVD editor without the permission of the creators, and they were actually rather pissed, not least because in ''MH'', [[IAmNotShazam he's called "the Operator," not Slender Man]].[[/note]]

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* Another parody: the first thing you see upon starting up the ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' DVD is: "Please don't copy this DVD. Or else SlenderMan [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] will get you."[[note]]The message was added by the DVD editor without the permission of the creators, and they were actually rather pissed, not least because in ''MH'', [[IAmNotShazam he's called "the Operator," not Slender Man]].[[/note]]
12th Apr '17 6:07:06 PM MoonlightBomber
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--->"For those of you who have paid for SHADOW OF THE SERPENT RIDERS, we hope it made all your nightmares come true.\\

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--->"For -->"For those of you who have paid for SHADOW OF THE SERPENT RIDERS, we hope it made all your nightmares come true.\\


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* Game programmers can get livid about their creations being distributed illegally by pirates. They can leave angry rants hidden in the code, for instance. One programmer, Richard Aplin, decided instead to mock the pirates' SmallNameBigEgo personalities by writing the following rant hidden in the code of the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} version of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'':
-->Ok. Remember Line Of Fire? Here we go again, crackers! Fill in the blanks:\\
(Loads of pointless ANSI codes and whizzy animated bits)\\
_____ of _____ presents the latest in Hot Warez..\\
Final Fight ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 14925%!\\
Cracked, Trained, Nobbed-Up and ½-parted by the amazing _______!!!\\
Call our UK HQ on ____-______ for 1.4Tetrabytes of warez stored on Sinclair Microdrive, on-line 25hrs a minute, 75-19.2Gigabaud.\\
10th Apr '17 8:52:41 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FNqBZ9n-A8 Here's an Australian ad, Have You Got What You Paid For?]]

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FNqBZ9n-A8 Here's an Australian ad, Have You Got What You Paid For?]]For?]] It was notably designed to be read even when fast-forwarded through
25th Mar '17 5:52:43 PM nombretomado
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* Both played straight and parodied in the intro for the ''Film Cow Master Collection'' [=DVD=] (from the guy who did ''CharlieTheUnicorn''). Disguised as an unskippable video on why piracy is wrong, it's actually nonsensical (and entirely skippable).

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* Both played straight and parodied in the intro for the ''Film Cow Master Collection'' [=DVD=] (from the guy who did ''CharlieTheUnicorn'').''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn''). Disguised as an unskippable video on why piracy is wrong, it's actually nonsensical (and entirely skippable).
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