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* "Home Taping is Killing Music" was the pre-internet version of this trope. The cassette of ''In God We Trust, Inc'' by Music/DeadKennedys has this message on side two:
--> Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help.
:: [[https://flic.kr/p/4KWc4H Here's a picture]].

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': In "Roe to Perdition", Frasier and Niles board a freighter to buy caviar that's implied to have been smuggled out of Russia. As they're closing the deal U.S. Customs agents storm the ship causing Frasier and Niles to panic about being arrested. Turns out the agents were just looking for some pirated [=DVD=]s being smuggled on the same ship and have no interest in the caviar.

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* WebVideo/SarahZ shoots this trope to hell in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL-3a0SeESo The Weird World of Theatre Bootlegs]]'' regarding [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bootleg videos of Broadway shows]]. She raises the points that a) most shows are expensive to go to and someone who watches bootleg is doing so because they're unlikely to ever afford to see the show (due to ticket prices or being unable to travel for it), b) a pirated theatre show is very different from a pirated film, as the experience of theatre is largely dependent on being physically in the building (and a person who enjoys a bootleg version of a show might still be likely to pay to see it in the flesh if they get the chance), and c) sometimes a bootleg version of a show can be beneficial; the ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'' musical did poorly in its first run, but it developed a large fandom thanks to people watching bootleg videos of the show - and this led to a West End revival where it was much more successful.


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* Lee Cronin, director of the Irish indie horror ''The Hole in the Ground'', took to Twitter to slam the numerous websites pirating copies of the film - pointing out the difference between pirating a big budget studio release that will probably still make money from DVD sales, tie-in merchandise etc and doing so to a NoBudget indie that had a limited release and the creators are actually relying on residuals from on-demand rentals and purchases to hopefully make a profit.

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*** Actually, since Watson and Crick life ''is'' digital, and biotech firms can patent their stuff. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadirachta_indica#Cultural_and_social_impact Even if they stole it from the natives first.]] And sue the neighbor farmer for copyright theft if their gentech seeds fly over to his field. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto_legal_cases And so on...]]


** It has gotten to the point where Nintendo purposely refuses to launch their services and android games in countries that has black marks for piracy, for example, VideoGame/AnimalCrossingPocketCamp. When asked why the game wasn’t launched in Malaysia among many others, for example, Nintendo got their spokesperson to go on a loud and annoying triade about how the country’s home to piracy and unauthorized modding and gloating that they will launch the game in those countries when the people stops pirating. Naturally, the true fans of the franchise who has never ever illegally downloaded the games are very angry, especially since piracy is also happening in other countries that the game is launched in.

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** It has gotten to the point where Nintendo purposely refuses to launch their services and android games in countries that has black marks for piracy, for example, VideoGame/AnimalCrossingPocketCamp. VideoGame/AnimalCrossingPocketCamp - a freemium Android game of all things. When asked why the game wasn’t launched in Malaysia among many others, for example, Nintendo got their spokesperson to go on a loud and annoying triade about how the country’s home to piracy and unauthorized modding and gloating that they will launch the game in those countries when the people stops pirating. Naturally, the true fans of the franchise who has never ever illegally downloaded the games are very angry, especially since piracy is also happening in other countries that the game is launched in. It’s also hurting the sales of their hardware in the countries that were accused of piracy and thus denied of their services...

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** It has gotten to the point where Nintendo purposely refuses to launch their services and android games in countries that has black marks for piracy, for example, VideoGame/AnimalCrossingPocketCamp. When asked why the game wasn’t launched in Malaysia among many others, for example, Nintendo got their spokesperson to go on a loud and annoying triade about how the country’s home to piracy and unauthorized modding and gloating that they will launch the game in those countries when the people stops pirating. Naturally, the true fans of the franchise who has never ever illegally downloaded the games are very angry, especially since piracy is also happening in other countries that the game is launched in.


* The PC gaming website [=TweakGuides.com=] has an exhaustively researched treatise on the subject [[http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_1.html here]]. The author agrees that digital piracy is wrong both ethically and practically, but also says the other side isn't blameless and among other things proposes use of the {{shareware}} model and increased availability of demos to discourage the "try before you buy" variety of pirates.

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* The PC gaming website [=TweakGuides.com=] has an exhaustively researched treatise on the subject [[http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_1.piracy [[https://xjdhdr.gitlab.io/tweakguides/system_guides/Piracy/Piracy_1.html archived here]]. The author agrees has some very strong words to say about the subject; stating that digital piracy is wrong both ethically very widespread on PC, greed is the primary motivation behind it, none of the excuses commonly presented stand up to scrutiny and practically, but also says that piracy has caused significant damage to the gaming industry. On the other side isn't blameless hand, he does give some suggestions that game developers and among other things proposes use of publishers can follow to help the {{shareware}} model and increased availability of situation; such as releasing demos for their games and to discourage the "try before you buy" variety of pirates.stop delaying releases by region.


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 unsellable 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 hurting any business if the market's non-existent in the first place.

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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 [[AuthorExistenceFailure have ceased to exist]] and so left the material in limbo, and tends to be virtually unsellable 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 hurting any business if the market's non-existent in the first place.

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* Zig-zagged in the Music/ForegroundEclipse song "Angels, Monsters, The Secret Lyrics". It calls out people who listen to the song on [=YouTube=] or Nicovideo, but makes an exception for people who live overseas and can't buy {{doujin|shi}} [=CDs=].

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* The Bob Rivers song "I Want My [=MP3=]", a parody of Music/DireStraits' "Money for Nothing", is a satire on illegally downloading music.
-->That ain't crooked, everybody's doin' it. Let me tell you, them kids ain't dumb.\\
They don't give a rip about their favorite singer. They just keep ripping off their songs.


** On the other hand, the same commercials put it this way: "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHGec03skc Buying Pirated Films is Stealing]].''" This doesn't hold the same moral weight. Buying ''anything'' is usually not considered stealing, but also, if the pirated goods ''look'' authentic, you are (far from a thief) a ''dupe'' in someone else's piracy. The fault of piracy lies with the those who actually perpetrate it, not third parties, making this ''very shaky'' reasoning.
*** Ironically, in these commercials on Website/YouTube, the caption says:
---> ''"I'm illegally distributing this anti-piracy commercial. Normally, you would have to buy a DVD or pay admission to a movie theater in order to see this (you rotten thief, you), but here you can watch it for FREE. You're welcome."''
** Even more ironically, this very commercial was sued for using unpermitted music from Dutch composer Melchior Rietveldt.
*** Or so it's said. It's actually a [[https://torrentfreak.com/sorry-the-you-wouldnt-steal-a-car-anti-piracy-ad-wasnt-pirated-170625/ myth]]: the Rietveldt ad was produced later (in 2006; the "Piracy" ad in 2004, as a partnership between the Motion Pictures Association and the Singapore Police) originally for a local movie festival (in fact, Rietveldt specifically composed his music for the ad). The ad later was in various [=DVDs=] in the Netherlands and Europe, ''by mistake'' (in not knowing that the music was only licensed for the festival, that is). When it was found out, Rietveldt was duly repayed.
** 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 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 fact, some courts have forbidden the use of the word "piracy", used since the 16th Century as a synonym of "copyright infringement", due to it being misleading. (That's one way of seeing it: [[http://www.copyhype.com/2013/09/why-copyright-infringement-is-theft/ this source]] states that, yes, intellectual property is actual property - albeit intangible and non-rivalous - and that copyright infringement is stealing.) But, in any case, one can say the ad is arguing from a ''moral'', not legal, standpoint, and the "theft" is of value (of the property, due to the cheap illegal copies) and labor (of the people who worked on that movie).
** Ads like these are often stuck at the beginning of legitimate [=DVDs=] and Blu-Rays, thereby guilt tripping people for doing the right thing.
** The ad is translated into other languages, such as this French ad: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sODZLSHJm6Q Le piratage, c'est du vol]].
* Interestingly, in China, they have propaganda commercials where steamrollers are crushing pirated goods, despite the fact that piracy is done not only on streets and some stores, but some goods are actually shipped to America. In a news special, they showed some knockoff brands like Time detergent (instead of Tide).
** Another Chinese anti-piracy ad from Hong Kong that has people saying "Thank you!" is a great example. The message at the end is so hilarious. This message says "The crime world thanks you! Without your help, how can piracy be so profitable? Keep away from pirated goods. Don't finance crime!" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ur_uLazgM8 Watch it here.]]

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** On the other hand, the same commercials put it this way: * Some anti-piracy [=PSAs=] claim that "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLHGec03skc Buying Pirated Films is Stealing]].''" This doesn't hold the same moral weight. Buying ''anything'' is usually not considered stealing, but also, if the pirated goods ''look'' authentic, you are (far from a thief) a ''dupe'' in someone else's piracy. The fault of piracy lies with the those who actually perpetrate it, not third parties, making this ''very shaky'' reasoning.
*** Ironically, in these commercials on Website/YouTube, the caption says:
---> ''"I'm illegally distributing this anti-piracy commercial. Normally, you would have to buy a DVD or pay admission to a movie theater in order to see this (you rotten thief, you), but here you can watch it for FREE. You're welcome."''
** Even more ironically, this very commercial was sued for using unpermitted music from Dutch composer Melchior Rietveldt.
*** Or so it's said. It's actually a [[https://torrentfreak.com/sorry-the-you-wouldnt-steal-a-car-anti-piracy-ad-wasnt-pirated-170625/ myth]]: the Rietveldt ad was produced later (in 2006; the "Piracy" ad in 2004, as a partnership between the Motion Pictures Association and the Singapore Police) originally for a local movie festival (in fact, Rietveldt specifically composed his music for the ad). The ad later was in various [=DVDs=] in the Netherlands and Europe, ''by mistake'' (in not knowing that the music was only licensed for the festival, that is). When it was found out, Rietveldt was duly repayed.
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reasoning. And to top it all off, the [=PSAs=] state that equating digital piracy is stealing. This to physical theft is a legal stipulation that anti-piracy lawyers are trying to ''avoid'', due ''avoid''. Due to certain loopholes, basic knowledge of intellectual property laws is required to know that copyright 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 fact, some courts have forbidden the use of the word "piracy", used since the 16th Century as a synonym of "copyright infringement", due to it being misleading. (That's one way of seeing it: [[http://www.copyhype.com/2013/09/why-copyright-infringement-is-theft/ this source]] states that, yes, intellectual property is actual property - albeit intangible and non-rivalous - and that copyright infringement is stealing.) But, in any case, one can say the ad is arguing from a ''moral'', not legal, standpoint, and the "theft" is of value (of the property, due to the cheap illegal copies) and labor (of the people who worked on that movie).
** Ads like these are often stuck at the beginning of legitimate [=DVDs=] and Blu-Rays, thereby guilt tripping people for doing the right thing.
**
%%* The ad is translated into other languages, such as this French ad: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sODZLSHJm6Q Le piratage, c'est du vol]].
* Interestingly, in In China, they have propaganda commercials where steamrollers are crushing pirated goods, despite the fact that piracy is done not only on streets and some stores, but some goods are actually shipped to America. In a news special, they showed some knockoff brands like Time detergent (instead of Tide).
** Another * A Chinese anti-piracy ad from Hong Kong that has people saying "Thank you!" is a great example. The message at the end is so hilarious. This message says "The crime world thanks you! Without your help, how can piracy be so profitable? Keep away from pirated goods. Don't finance crime!" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ur_uLazgM8 Watch it here.]]



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plrcDeDa7LQ Here's a funny software Anti-Piracy ad featuring Mario.]]
** A comment on Website/YouTube about this video makes fun of what you can do in the "pirated version" of the Mario game.
--->So in the pirated version there's better jumping, more realistic graphics, more realistic physics, a new enemy that looks like a baby and you can get to Bowser in around 20 secs? PIRACY IS AWESOME!!!

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plrcDeDa7LQ Here's a funny software This Anti-Piracy ad featuring Mario.]]
** A comment on Website/YouTube about this video makes fun of what you can do in
Mario]] claims that "Original games and software perform better". This is displayed by the "pirated version" of the music being off-key, Mario game.
--->So in the pirated version there's better jumping, more realistic graphics, more realistic physics, a new enemy that looks
moving like he's drunk, him being beaten up by a baby baby, and you can get to Bowser in around 20 secs? PIRACY IS AWESOME!!!bursting into flames at the end.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyr4h_0HZq8&feature=relmfu "Bob's invited his friends to watch a DVD he brought in the store! Jim's invited his friends to watch a pirated DVD he brought on the street!"]]

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** * [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyr4h_0HZq8&feature=relmfu "Bob's invited his friends to watch a DVD he brought in the store! Jim's invited his friends to watch a pirated DVD he brought on the street!"]]



*** The UK isn't the only part of the Disney company to put anti-piracy ads on the [=DVDs=]: In 2009, the American Disney company started putting anti-piracy ads on some of its [=DVDs=]. One ad features Tinkerbell, and the other is the Knock-Off Nigel Wall-E ad, but with "Don't Be A Knock-Off Nigel" replaced with "Don't Buy Rubbish".

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*** The UK isn't the only part of the Disney company to put anti-piracy ads on the [=DVDs=]: ** In 2009, the American Disney company started putting anti-piracy ads on some of its [=DVDs=]. One ad features Tinkerbell, and the other is the Knock-Off Nigel Wall-E ad, but with "Don't Be A Knock-Off Nigel" replaced with "Don't Buy Rubbish".



*** This version of the ad was shown at the beginning of the European premiere of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. However, for some strange reason, unlike the rest of the film, this part was not subtitled.
** [[https://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.]]
*** [[http://youtu.be/k7tEc1pp7bg This version was recreated frame-for-frame and parodied in]] the second ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' film.

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*** This version of the ad was shown at the beginning of the European premiere of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. However, for some strange reason, unlike the rest of the film, this part was not subtitled.
** [[https://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://youtu.be/k7tEc1pp7bg This version was recreated frame-for-frame and parodied in]] the second ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' film.

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* In ''VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin'', specifically the mission "Tunnel Rat", you will find your target (an Afghan terrorist) in a back room, checking out his stash of contraband. The target will be in his closet admiring his pirated copies of ''Hitman.''


* ''TabletopGame/FearItself'', a horror RPG, includes as part of its character creation process, asking the player to name the worst his character has ever done. The last example given is [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "illegally downloaded a role playing game off the Internet, depriving starving writers of their rightfully deserved income."]]

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* ''TabletopGame/FearItself'', a horror RPG, includes as part of its character creation process, asking the player to name the worst his character has ever done. The last example given is [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "illegally downloaded a role playing game off the Internet, depriving starving writers of their rightfully deserved income."]]"



* In the pirated version of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Batman's glider cape will stop working after a set point, making the game {{Unwinnable}}. This yielded an [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] moment where one pirate asked on Rocksteady's forums how to fix the "bug" and was told [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your ''moral'' code."]]. This ultimately backfired when the buggy behavior starting cropping up in legitimate copies.

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* In the pirated version of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Batman's glider cape will stop working after a set point, making the game {{Unwinnable}}. This yielded an [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] epic moment where one pirate asked on Rocksteady's forums how to fix the "bug" and was told [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your ''moral'' code."]]. This ultimately backfired when the buggy behavior starting cropping up in legitimate copies.


For the polar opposite, see 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.

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For the polar opposite, see DigitalPiracyIsOkay. This is a 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 they often given credit for.


** And, two decades later: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUCyvw4w_yk&feature=related Don't Copy That 2!]]

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** And, two decades later: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUCyvw4w_yk&feature=related Don't Copy That 2!]]Advertising/DontCopyThat2!

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