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26th Apr '17 3:23:51 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''
--> '''Eggman''': "All unauthorized photography, video reproduction, or shutting down of energy generators is strictly prohibited. Thank you."
--> '''Sonic''': "Eggman! I am going to save this planet, and I am going to free these aliens. No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"
25th Apr '17 9:53:49 AM jccw227
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears to have this stance, having released several songs on his website and encouraged fans to download them, including "Don't Download This Song", a song that completely mocks the whole DigitalPiracyIsEvil attitude. The only real problem that seems to irk him is all the vulgar and profane novelty songs, that have been [[MisattributedSong mistakenly linked to him]] as a result.
12th Feb '17 8:54:44 PM Angeldeb82
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* On a episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' the ''Music/KidRock'' like musician played by [[ShapedLikeItSelf Kid Rock]] has his next album leaked by one of his staffers. This placed him at number one on the suspect list, until he proved that the staffer leaked it on his own orders. A leaked album means more tickets sales.

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* On a episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' the ''Music/KidRock'' like musician played by [[ShapedLikeItSelf [[ShapedLikeItself Kid Rock]] has his next album leaked by one of his staffers. This placed him at number one on the suspect list, until he proved that the staffer leaked it on his own orders. A leaked album means more tickets sales.
12th Feb '17 8:54:00 PM Angeldeb82
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->''"... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web -- on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September -- we don't give a [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] my friends!"''

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->''"... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web -- on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September -- we don't give a [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] fuck]], my friends!"''



** As a part of an AlternateRealityGame, Reznor and his crew left various USB drives containing new songs in various areas of venues, with the specific intention that they be leaked as a part of the game. Instead, those who leaked the files were hit with cease and desist notices from the RIAA, despite Reznor and his label specifically notifying them of the game and files. Needless to say, [[http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2044599,00.htm Reznor was furious,]] and along with further ExecutiveMeddling of his music, is the reason he went independent after ''Year Zero'' was released.

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** As a part of an AlternateRealityGame, Reznor and his crew left various USB drives containing new songs in various areas of venues, with the specific intention that they be leaked as a part of the game. Instead, those who leaked the files were hit with cease and desist notices from the RIAA, despite Reznor and his label specifically notifying them of the game and files. Needless to say, [[http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2044599,00.htm [[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/mar/29/pop.guardianweeklytechnologysection Reznor was furious,]] and furious]] and, along with further ExecutiveMeddling of his music, is the reason he went independent after ''Year Zero'' was released.



* After unfinished material leaked, Music/SystemOfADown said they didn't care if people downloaded their music, but requested people wait until they were finished with it. One of their releases is called ''Steal This Album!''
* There are rumours Music/BritneySpears leaks her own demos and she doesn't seem bothered by album leaks,

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* After unfinished material leaked, Music/SystemOfADown said they didn't care if people downloaded their music, but requested that people wait until they were finished with it. One of their releases is called ''Steal This Album!''
* There are rumours Music/BritneySpears leaks her own demos and she doesn't seem bothered by album leaks,leaks.



* Sort-of counter-example: because of legal entanglements with his label, DJ Danger Mouse (the man behind the infamous Beatles/Jay-Z mash-up album ''The Grey Album'') couldn't release his album ''Dark Night of the Soul'', a collaboration between himself, film director David Lynch and late alternative rock musician Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. Well, to be specific, he couldn't release the ''music''. So instead, he released the album -- with full artwork -- '''[[http://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1154504899.shtml as a blank CD]]''' so that people who acquired the music from less-than-legal sources could burn the music to the CD.

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* Sort-of counter-example: because of legal entanglements with his label, DJ Danger Mouse (the man behind the infamous Beatles/Jay-Z mash-up album ''The Grey Album'') couldn't release his album ''Dark Night of the Soul'', a collaboration between himself, film director David Lynch and late alternative rock musician Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. Well, to be specific, he couldn't release the ''music''. So instead, he released the album -- with full artwork -- '''[[http://techdirt.'''[[https://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1154504899.shtml as a blank CD]]''' so that people who acquired the music from less-than-legal sources could burn the music to the CD.



* A non-music example remarked on by [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/08/wait-whys-pirate-bay-promoting-an-indie-game/ Rock Paper Shotgun]]: the creator of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' caught people downloading it illegally from The Pirate Bay. Instead of trying to prosecute, he turned the torrents into a marketing tool, leaving comments and gift codes saying, "I am actually excited about this!" and "I am just one man making games for a living, so feel free to give me all your money if you like the game!" TPB's organizers picked up on it and modified their logo to resemble part of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'s''.

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* A non-music example remarked on by [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/08/wait-whys-pirate-bay-promoting-an-indie-game/ Rock Paper Shotgun]]: the creator of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' ''VideoGame/McPixel'' caught people downloading it illegally from The Pirate Bay. Instead of trying to prosecute, he turned the torrents into a marketing tool, leaving comments and gift codes saying, "I am actually excited about this!" and "I am just one man making games for a living, so feel free to give me all your money if you like the game!" TPB's organizers picked up on it and modified their logo to resemble part of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'s''.''VideoGame/McPixel's''.



* There is a webserver hosting all of Music/{{Rammstein}}s early work. When asked to take it down by various lawyers (several times a year), the owners respond with a personal letter from the band who allowed them to host it since long before they were as famous as they are now, and they are still fine with it.

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* There is a webserver hosting all of Music/{{Rammstein}}s Music/{{Rammstein}}'s early work. When asked to take it down by various lawyers (several times a year), the owners respond with a personal letter from the band who allowed them to host it since long before they were as famous as they are now, and they are still fine with it.



* Every album by every [[IHaveManyNames alias]] of Creator/JonahDempcy, with the exception of ''one'' collaboritive single, has been released entirely for free.

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* Every album by every [[IHaveManyNames alias]] of Creator/JonahDempcy, with the exception of ''one'' collaboritive collaborative single, has been released entirely for free.



* Instead of providing a demo, the [[http://joewintergreen.com/influx/influxr/influx.html info page]] for ''VideoGame/{{InFlux}}'' instead links to a torrent so you can "[=Try Before You Buy=]" it. One developer even offered to upload a proper torrent if the linked one didn't work.

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* Instead of providing a demo, the [[http://joewintergreen.com/influx/influxr/influx.html info page]] for ''VideoGame/{{InFlux}}'' ''VideoGame/InFlux'' instead links to a torrent so you can "[=Try Before You Buy=]" it. One developer even offered to upload a proper torrent if the linked one didn't work.



** It's believed that the leak of "The High End of Low" demos was actually done by Manson and Twiggy, especially since one of the songs has ArnoldSchwarzenegger quotes edited into it for kicks. That said, he's not cool with people leaking songs before they're supposed to be out, or if they're not supposed to get out at all.

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** It's believed that the leak of "The High End of Low" demos was actually done by Manson and Twiggy, especially since one of the songs has ArnoldSchwarzenegger Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger quotes edited into it for kicks. That said, he's not cool with people leaking songs before they're supposed to be out, or if they're not supposed to get out at all.



* Believe it or not, Music/BillyIdol was the first mainstream artist to do this in [[OlderThanYouThink 1998]], releasing a song for free on an old mp3 site as a way to flip it to his label who screwed him over. Even better, said song was downloaded over 100,000 times on ''dial-up.''

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* Believe it or not, Music/BillyIdol was the first mainstream artist to do this in [[OlderThanYouThink [[OlderThanTheyThink 1998]], releasing a song for free on an old mp3 site as a way to flip it to his label who screwed him over. Even better, said song was downloaded over 100,000 times on ''dial-up.''



* The creator behind Main/DigitalPiracy allowed people to get full versions of the game while it was still in Alpha, mainly to help protect people from downloading Viruses. And because [[{{Pun}} you're pirating a game about piracy]].

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* The creator behind Main/DigitalPiracy DigitalPiracy allowed people to get full versions of the game while it was still in Alpha, mainly to help protect people from downloading Viruses. And because [[{{Pun}} you're pirating a game about piracy]].



* For the most part it seems the indie game makers don't mind piracy. When GiantBomb discussed ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' (see above), they noted that due to their smaller budgets most only need to sell a few thousand in order to turn a profit. As such, indie game makers are likely to view small amounts of piracy as a way to potentially spread the word about the game.

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* For the most part it seems the indie game makers don't mind piracy. When GiantBomb discussed ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' ''VideoGame/McPixel'' (see above), they noted that due to their smaller budgets most only need to sell a few thousand in order to turn a profit. As such, indie game makers are likely to view small amounts of piracy as a way to potentially spread the word about the game.



* [[Music/{{LittleMix}} Little Mix]] seem to be fans of this trope, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment although their management disagree, for obvious reasons]].
* Music/{{TaylorSwift}} veers between this and DigitalPiracyIsEvil at times, although it ''may'' be a case of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan (at least in her case, anyway), although this has proven controversial. It didn't help when claims were made that Taylor had an account at ThePirateBay, although this may just be an UrbanLegend of TheNewTens. Officially, though, we don't have WordOfGod on this, having to rely on a comment on The Register which is possibly a hoax or UrbanLegend.

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* [[Music/{{LittleMix}} Little Mix]] *Music/LittleMix seem to be fans of this trope, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment although their management disagree, for obvious reasons]].
* Music/{{TaylorSwift}} Music/TaylorSwift veers between this and DigitalPiracyIsEvil at times, although it ''may'' be a case of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan (at least in her case, anyway), although this has proven controversial. It didn't help when claims were made that Taylor had an account at ThePirateBay, although this may just be an UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} of TheNewTens. Officially, though, we don't have WordOfGod on this, having to rely on a comment on The Register which is possibly a hoax or UrbanLegend.Urban Legend.
29th Jan '17 12:40:22 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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* Microsoft is famous for saying, "If You're Going To Pirate Software, Pirate Ours."
** Also, after announcing that Windows 10 would be available as a free upgrade for all users of Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft later clarified that even pirated copies of Windows could be upgraded for free.
*** This was later further clarified though: Users with pirated copies are able to join the Insider program and install beta builds of Windows 10, but are stuck with getting updates from the beta channel instead of the stable one, leaving the user as a guinea pig of sorts running a less than stable operating system, making them a zig-zagged trope.

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* Microsoft is was famous for saying, "If You're Going To Pirate Software, Pirate Ours."
", though zig-zagged nowadays they're heavy handed against piracy in an inversion of this.
** Also, after announcing that Windows 10 would be available as a free upgrade for all users of Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft later clarified that even pirated copies of Windows could be upgraded for free.
free... although it's not activated and therefore the personalization features are locked.
*** This was later further clarified though: Users with pirated copies are able to join the Insider program and install beta builds of Furthermore Windows 10, but are stuck with getting updates from the beta channel 8 and 10 doesn't accuse improperly activated Windows as "not genuine" anymore, instead stating politely that to enjoy several features (such as personalization and removal of the stable one, leaving the user as popups and notifications) you need to activate.
* Valve and Steam's Gabe Newell states back in 2011 that piracy is always
a guinea pig service problem and not a pricing problem. In other words, restrictive and intrusive DRM and lack of sorts running a less than stable operating system, making them a zig-zagged trope.easy video game availability leads to piracy.
2nd Jan '17 2:28:10 AM justanid
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[[caption-width-right:300:Only [[InformationWantsToBeFree free distribution]] of information can stop these corporate whores!]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Only [[caption-width-right:250:Only [[InformationWantsToBeFree free distribution]] of information can stop these corporate whores!]]
26th Dec '16 1:49:27 PM froge
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* Blog/{{Froghand}}:
** It's hard to start discussing where this begins with Froghand, but a good place is at the bottom of every page, with a clear public domain mark linking to [[https://froghand.neocities.org/copying.html the CC0 license]] (meaning anybody is free to use the work for any reason, as close to relinquishing copyright as you can get) and a Kopimi symbol, showcasing that the work is meant to be copied for any purpose.
** Froge has repeatedly stated that he wants [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-12.html#08 copyright abolished]], such as at the alt text of the Kopimi symbol saying "Copy this website, abolish copyright".
---> When you see somebody like me dedicate all their work to the public commons, even when individual practical sense says that I should have licensed it under something which would ensure me some stream of profit... it's because I care more about you than I do about me. I'll always find a way to survive, but when it comes to somebody who already has the privilege to survive and to enjoy their time alive, I don't want them to ever feel like they are doing something wrong, or have to be burdened with following arbitrary terms, or face the threat of somebody else telling them that they can't do something because somebody else doesn't like how they're using a thing that they made, and that's something I can't stand. That's why I want copyright, in blunt terms, dead. It damages everything that it touches.
** Froge constantly recommends instances of remix culture, such as [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-10.html#21 Simpsonwave]] and [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-11.html#29 Vaporwave]], [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-11.html#28 Future Funk]] synced to music videos, and the [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-11.html#09 Missionary Church of Kopimism]] for encouraging the copying of information.
** Froge is also an avowed pirate, because he considers obeying copyright to be allowing corporate censorship, among other reasons.
---> I recall an example in No Logo (an incredible depressing book you may wish to read) where companies would send out cease-and-desist letters to Web 1.0 webpages that used song lyrics on their websites. The owners of these pages, these little pieces of our culture, were teenagers trying to express their artistic vision, and had no infringing content on their sites at all. To assume that such companies care one bit about us, is a massive mistake to make, and the only way to stand up to such oppression is to not use the products of any enemy of culture, and especially not to buy from them (so basically pirate everything and you'll be fighting the man, man).
** The article "[[https://froghand.neocities.org/trustnocompany.html It's because I'm black, isn't it?]]" talks about all the ills of proprietary software, and how it puts the company who owns the software in a position of power to manipulate and spy on thir customers. The gist of the article is that no closed-source software can be trusted from both a security and a moral standpoint, as anybody who makes their software closed-source doesn't care about the user, and so shouldn't be patronised on principle. Naturally, if more software was free, then people wouldn't need to pirate.
** The article [[https://froghand.neocities.org/torrentcrashcourse.html BitTorrent for Babbys]] is a tutorial and rundown on how to use [=BitTorrent=] while reducing as much incriminating evidence as possible, blatantly recommending techniques to obscure pirated media. Although it borders on paranoia, given the example of copyright trolls sending indiscriminate letters to people using [=BitTorrent=] (to the point of implicating a printer), it may be justified.
** Copyright goes against the notion of [[https://froghand.neocities.org/writersguide.html indulging in the culture it creates]]:
---> It is our natural born rights to partake in the culture which we have created, our right to partake in the wonderful, wonderful creations that humanity has given us, and to never have it taken away from us. This is why I am so insistent on removing all copyright - it prevents people from being exposed to the culture that they have every right to be a part of, are prevented from indulging in it through whatever means they wish, and prevents them from developing a strong sense of community by freely associating and creating works with people who have been impacted by the same art they have. Copyright goes against the very idea of culture, and indeed, the very idea of the arts, by prevent art that was meant to be shared, from being shared.
** More subtlely, Froge has [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-10.html#08 referred to copyright]] as "copywrong" on occasion.
---> If I was, for instance, somebody who hated art, fun, free culture, and the destruction of classism, I would be not a cunt, but a cunt who is upset that the service is used to distribute media files in a way where nobody can snoop the content unless they possess the key, causing passive surveillance to be difficult if not impossible. For somebody who isn't a cunt, and therefore is me, the principle of MEGA - protecting the privacy of its users for whatever reason, not just copywrong related ones, is a noble one that must be upheld in times where your government will arbitrarily search your files for fear of terrorists or the gays or whatever the meme is nowadays.
** Less subtlely, Froge has called [[https://froghand.neocities.org/buafy/2016-12.html#17 copyright a cancer]], linking to a lecture dispelling the myths that copyright protects artists (in the humble opinion of the presenter, of course), and how it leads to a scenario where the most noticeable brands that are pushed onto the world are the ones which are least usable by the world, because of how aggressively they are protected by the companies which make them.
---> Copyright is censorship, simply - it is not a tool used to protect artists, because artists don't need copyright to share their work and make a profit in both money and attention. It's a tool used by companies in order to stifle anything that might cost them a red cent, or to destroy dissenting opinions and use of their work, as is the case with the Royal Dutch Shell gripe site (archive), where the company wanted to censor opinions unfavourable to them. What copyright has done is ruin our culture by causing us to ask for permission from the very same companies that contribute to that culture, in order for us to endulge in our fundamental right to that culture. It's a malicious system set up by governments that have shown nothing but cowardice, failing to protect the rights of the individual in favour of maintaining the status quo of the oligarchy.
** And then he [[https://froghand.neocities.org/nintendoswitch.html lambasted Nintendo]] for continuing to adopt anti-piracy practices, which he considered to be a backwards way of thinking. Considering the notion of console exclusivity to be irrelevent in an age dominated by the personal PC, aggressively focusing on hardware gimmicks and dumbed-down software, he encourages people to hack into Nintendo products until their anti-consumer practices change.
---> So long as games companies continue to show willful malice the their audience, it is necessary to reverse-engineer, emulate, and disseminate all games, consoles, and software that they release in order to create a culture that allows for sharing regardless of the company's consent - because the company that does not give consent for the consumers to do whatever they like with the products that they paid for, without limitation, is not a company that deserves to be bought from in the first place, with the exception that all products bought will eventually be used to preserve the freedom of the quiet majority which refuses to accept such malicious practices.
23rd Dec '16 1:21:39 AM Ramidel
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* In the last episode of ''Anime/BattleProgrammerShirase'', the narrator thanks the viewers of Japan and the viewers overseas who were illegally downloading the show.
12th Dec '16 3:15:13 PM MarkLungo
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** Music/LinkinPark has the same viewpoint. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it.

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** Music/LinkinPark has the same viewpoint. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' ''Music/MinutesToMidnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it.
12th Dec '16 3:14:01 PM MarkLungo
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* Music/{{Disturbed}} has stated from time to time that, as much as Warner Music Group likes to make a fuss about it, the members of the band themselves don't care much about people downloading their songs
** Music/{{Linkin Park}} has the same viewpoint. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it.
* Most tokusatsu creators, such as the ToeiCompany (''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''), don't mind English-language fansubs of their work, since they've never really tried to market outside of East Asia, and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has kind of guaranteed that ''Super Sentai'' won't ever get a foothold in North America or Europe anyway (similarly, ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' kind of left an adaptation of ''Kamen Rider'' [[StillbornFranchise stillborn for a long while.]]) Toei knows about the fansubbing communities, and will occasionally ask that something be taken down if a series gets an official release, but otherwise are indifferent or even possibly a little flattered that their work is getting respect outside of Japan. Uploading to Website/YouTube is another bag of cats altogether - it's pretty common to see subs from their works, be they tokusatsu or anime, taken down from there.

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* Music/{{Disturbed}} has stated from time to time that, as much as Warner Music Group Creator/WarnerMusicGroup likes to make a fuss about it, the members of the band themselves don't care much about people downloading their songs
songs.
** Music/{{Linkin Park}} Music/LinkinPark has the same viewpoint. When ''Minutes to Midnight'' was leaked, their only response was to advise people to listen to the tracks in order and ask that they buy the album anyway for all the non-musical stuff they put into it.
* Most tokusatsu creators, such as the ToeiCompany Creator/ToeiCompany (''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''), don't mind English-language fansubs of their work, since they've never really tried to market outside of East Asia, and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has kind of guaranteed that ''Super Sentai'' won't ever get a foothold in North America or Europe anyway (similarly, ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' kind of left an adaptation of ''Kamen Rider'' [[StillbornFranchise stillborn for a long while.]]) Toei knows about the fansubbing communities, and will occasionally ask that something be taken down if a series gets an official release, but otherwise are indifferent or even possibly a little flattered that their work is getting respect outside of Japan. Uploading to Website/YouTube is another bag of cats altogether - it's pretty common to see subs from their works, be they tokusatsu or anime, taken down from there.



* Roger Waters (formerly of Music/PinkFloyd) doesn't mind fans who make and post videos of his ''Music/TheWall 2012'' shows. He only asked them not to whenever the show was being filmed for a DVD release. It wasn't because of piracy, but because the lights and flashes from their cameras would have a nasty effect on the projections.

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* Roger Waters Creator/RogerWaters (formerly of Music/PinkFloyd) doesn't mind fans who make and post videos of his ''Music/TheWall 2012'' shows. He only asked them not to whenever the show was being filmed for a DVD release. It wasn't because of piracy, but because the lights and flashes from their cameras would have a nasty effect on the projections.
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