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Playing With / Digital Piracy Is Evil

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Basic Trope: The belief that piracy is evil and the attempt to spread this belief.

  • Straight: The Record Industry of Tropes (RIT) makes warnings that say "Piracy is theft. Do not be a thief".
  • Exaggerated:
    • The RIT, explicitly and without a hint of irony, says that if you download one song, you're worse than Hitler.
    • The RIT sends out ninjas, assassins, and hit men out to kill you if you pirate just one of their songs.
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  • Downplayed: The RIT says, "Please support our artists by purchasing our records legally".
  • Justified: The RIT believes that piracy makes them lose a lot of money.
  • Inverted: Digital Piracy Is Okay
  • Subverted: In the warning, Bob says to Alice, "Did you pirate that album?!" in a shocked voice. A few seconds later, he says, "Actually, I don't care so much" calmly.
  • Double Subverted: Then he adds, "But I think these guys care". Cue the entrance of police officers and Alice's arrest. Bob is fined for saying he didn't care that much.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob punishes Alice for the horrible crime of piracy... by hitting her in the head with a pillow. Alice later tells Bob that she knows he pirates albums too and shows him the evidence. Bob uses Blatant Lies to defend his "innocence".
    • Bob is a long-time fan of indie band Troper Project and has shown his worth by purchasing every one of their albums, as well as donating $500 a month to their official Patreon. The singer of Troper Project frequently gives him a shout-out for supporting their entire band. Needless to say, Bob is given a life sentence when he copies one of their songs to give to his friend Alice.
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  • Zig Zagged: The RIT sometimes adds warnings against piracy and sometimes doesn't.
  • Averted: The RIT doesn't make warnings against piracy.
  • Enforced: See Justified.
  • Lampshaded: "The RIT doesn't think highly of piracy. That's clear, but I wonder if these warnings have an effect other than annoying us."
  • Invoked: The artists of the RIT request that the RIT try to discourage piracy.
  • Exploited: The RIT's rival company Music of Tropes (MT), which thinks Digital Piracy Is Okay, advertises that it doesn't use annoying warnings against piracy.
  • Defied: The RIT's disproportionate punishments of piracy cause a huge Internet Counterattack. Fearing massive boycotts, the RIT gives up its anti-piracy campaign.
  • Discussed: "Do you think we'll see annoying, Anvilicious warnings against piracy?"
  • Conversed: "Maybe piracy isn't morally good, but is it really as bad as these guys say?"
  • Deconstructed: The RIT uses insane amounts of warnings and DRM against those who buy its albums legally. Most of the audience turns to pirating the RIT's albums to avoid the DRM. Those that are annoyed and don't pirate buy MT's albums instead of the RIT's.
  • Reconstructed: The RIT removes most of the warnings and DRM before it's too late. The company encourages the audience to buy their records legally now that they no longer have annoying DRM.

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