Feds Using Seized Domains to Promote Anti-Piracy PSA

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Feds Using Seized Domains to Promote Anti-Piracy PSA

Homeland Security has a new anti-piracy public service announcement it would like you to see, and it's spreading the word via seized pirate domains.

Remember back in November when Homeland Security took control of a bunch of websites suspected of contributing to online piracy? Well, since there's no sense just letting those domains go to waste, Homeland Security has decided to put them to use educating pirates to the untold harm they do to the film industry and set workers whenever they download a movie.

The PSA features a hawker offering free DVDs to passers-by, but alerts them to the fact that if they take the movie the woman behind him, a boom-mike operator, will lose her job. One well groomed man wearing a suit takes 3 movies, saying "I don't know her," and "You're making this so literal," which our hawker responds to by telling the man he has no soul and that he is "what's wrong with everything." Another person, a woman wearing a hoodie, comes to understand that piracy has repercussions, sets the movies down, and walks away. The hawker then turns to the camera, saying that digital counterfeiting is not a victimless crime, and that "the financial repercussions are huge."

The PSA is being promoted on 65 of the seized sites, which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the branch of Homeland Security that did the actual seizing) head John Morton hopes "will help raise awareness that American businesses, and American jobs, are threatened by those who pirate copyrighted material and produce counterfeit trademarked goods."

Now maybe this is just me, but the repurposing of websites that were seized using a method deemed dubiously legal at best to pimp a video seems downright inappropriate. While Homeland Security surely has the right to do with the sites what it will, that's just bad PR.

Source: Wired

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Same old, predictable videos. But at least it's not like the ones put on DVD's.

You know, the ones you'll only actually see if you've paid for what you're watching?

I think capitalism, and it's interaction with Intellectual Property is a huge mess. But, it's not one that can be solved while we have 'products' with no inherent value to them, that need to be traded against products that do.

Food is a limited resource, after all, while Intellectual Property, really isn't in any meaningful sense.

What's inappropriate is ICE (a government agency) being an arm of the MPAA (a group made up of private companies.) :)

How about you show the video game industry that it's supporters don't like DRM and being lied to about what is included with game systems.

Centrophy:
What's inappropriate is ICE (a government agency) being an arm of the MPAA (a group made up of private companies.) :)

The whole government is an arm of the content mafiaa.

The government, serving the large corporations and putting out propaganda to brainwash the weak minded.

The above statement is ridiculously over-blown, alarmist, and plain silly. It's also true.

I don't like that guy either, but if this was true, and every pirated movie made someone lose their job, there would be no more movie industry. At all. That said, it does hurt movie companies, because they paid for something that you get for free. Not right.

This is one of the dumbest PSA's I've seen in a history of terrible PSA's.

Why didn't the guy in the suit just smack that pompous git in the face when he said "you have no soul" ?
that was so absurd
First of all, if it were real, the guy would be outraged that the idiot hocking the dvd's was criticizing someone for taking them. Why didn't he turn around and go "Wait, aren't YOU the one putting this fake boom mic operator out of her job?"

This is like one of those dumb Truth Ads gone wrong.

Centrophy:
What's inappropriate is ICE (a government agency) being an arm of the MPAA (a group made up of private companies.) :)

Yup

.... i'd have taken the movie....

Edit: Also that video was about as convincing as me saying "a puppy will die every time i don't receive 5 dollars from a person".

This may sound particularly ignorant (feel free to throw things at me if I'm wrong), but piracy has been going on since 2002 if not before. If piracy truly does such damage (direct or indirect) to the workforce, then why:

a.) Is Piracy not the reason for the Depression,
b.) Has Piracy not been brought down when statistics are rolled out how movie producers lose millions of dollars a year due to them. Sure there's The Pirate Bay's example where the crime is happening in a different country, but the American government can impose enormous power by leaning on someone.

Dude the fact that they did this on pirate-friendly sites that they seized legally is freaking BRILLIANT!

Actually made me feel the gov. was pulling their heads out of their asses :P

What they forget to mention is that people aren't buying the movie AS IT'S BEING PRODUCED! Those boom mic operators get payed for their job, and recieve maybe like... .02% of the profit.

Besides, piracy in and of itself isn't bad, it's just used for bad purpouses >.>

I don't know I would think maybe Hollywood overcharges for its services anyway because well we pay it. Not many actors/actresses would settle for a comfortable living salary as apposed to ridiculous amounts of money they earn for there "talents" that really don't contribute that much to society, but to entertain on the most part. Just an opinion.

I still love the emails from and to the pirate bay.

Piracy is hilarious because of all the legal issues tracking and taking down the uploaders.

Yeah, downloading something you would never have bought other wise surely loses people jobs. (Not that I have, of course) Amazing usage of tax dollars.

I do think it's rather smart to do it on seized pirate domains, though.

Every single one of those anti-piracy videos are pure comedy gold, I'm sorry, but that's just how it is.

I find this to be quite funny.
I loathe piracy, and anything that in any way irritates pirates warms my heart.

How about instead of wasting corporate and tax payer money with all this BS, they just adapt to the times and embrace digital distribution to make some money? No? Rather just whine and wail and struggle against progress? Fine.

All the logical or legal arguments against piracy in the world wont change the fact fewer people are interested in scheduling their lives around theater and TV schedules now that the internet brings entertainment to us on our own terms. Adapt, please.

Wait, so if someone pirates a movie then the boom operators of those movies will then lose their jobs? In post production? When the MOVIE IS FINISHED?

did you know that some of the most pirated materials are anti-piracy messages?

just some food for thought on the subject

"We refuse to upgrade to the digital world, CRY FOR USSSSS!"

Hack: "you can take these downloaded movies but you if you do... I'll fire this woman"

Person: "what because your profits are falling every year?"

Hack: "oh no, they are in fact rising year on year! No I'll just use piracy as an excuse to the unions so I can cut loose some dead weight and export more movie work to CGI farms in Taiwan"

Person: "so... you're basically holding your union employees hostage"

Hack: "Hey, at least I'm not a pirate"

If a 1 pirated movie costs one job in the industry, then the industry would have been destroyed years ago.

I'm not fond of pirates, but the ICE seizures were probably illegal (I mean, if the law actually applied to these organizations).

On the other hand, they're fucking with people, which is always funny.

That isn't to say the government isn't doing sneaky things that aren't also good. The FBI crackdown on the Coreflood botnet was impressive and quite necessary.

Am I the only one that finds this wildly ironic. "We are going to pirate your site to stop piracy ARHG" Course we aren't really stopping piracy we're just talking about it.

If you want some real food for thought, consider the IT Crowd's perspective on piracy. Perhaps this'll be able to shine some new light on the subject.

CM156:
I find this to be quite funny.
I loathe piracy, and anything that in any way irritates pirates warms my heart.

Nothing irritates a pirate. They don't have to deal with DRM, or server downtime, or unskippable announcements before their movies start, or any of that. You and me, the legitimate customers, are the ones who have to deal with that shit. So how is it helping?

Treblaine:
Hack: "you can take these downloaded movies but you if you do... I'll fire this woman"

Person: "what because your profits are falling every year?"

Hack: "oh no, they are in fact rising year on year! No I'll just use piracy as an excuse to the unions so I can cut loose some dead weight and export more movie work to CGI farms in Taiwan"

Person: "so... you're basically holding your union employees hostage"

Hack: "Hey, at least I'm not a pirate"

+1

Movies have gotten collectively worse as time goes on, yet there are more people in the world than ever before, so their profits go up regardless.

Xzi:

CM156:
I find this to be quite funny.
I loathe piracy, and anything that in any way irritates pirates warms my heart.

Nothing irritates a pirate. They don't have to deal with DRM, or server downtime, or unskippable announcements before their movies start, or any of that. You and me, the legitimate customers, are the ones who have to deal with that shit. So how is it helping?

Because this is not targeting us, the fair consumer.
Rather than some DRM which demonizes the user, this is pointing fingers at those who do pirate.

It may not be helping, but I find it funny. And I value assured amusment over justice.

From the looks of the PSA pirating won't last very long, I mean, that guy loses a DVD and a Case every time someone takes a free movie. That is not economically viable :{

Not this shit again. D:

Xzi:

CM156:
I find this to be quite funny.
I loathe piracy, and anything that in any way irritates pirates warms my heart.

Nothing irritates a pirate. They don't have to deal with DRM, or server downtime, or unskippable announcements before their movies start, or any of that. You and me, the legitimate customers, are the ones who have to deal with that shit. So how is it helping?

Because they want to make sure we're not pirates.
...

Ok, I really don't know. I've given up trying to find the logic these companies are using.

CM156:

Xzi:

CM156:
I find this to be quite funny.
I loathe piracy, and anything that in any way irritates pirates warms my heart.

Nothing irritates a pirate. They don't have to deal with DRM, or server downtime, or unskippable announcements before their movies start, or any of that. You and me, the legitimate customers, are the ones who have to deal with that shit. So how is it helping?

Because this is not targeting us, the fair consumer.
Rather than some DRM which demonizes the user, this is pointing fingers at those who do pirate.

It may not be helping, but I find it funny. And I value assured amusment over justice.

It doesn't matter if it's targeting us or not. We're the only ones who are going to see it or give half a shit about it. So yeah...

Ah I love me a good PSA put out by Uncle Sam. Always terribly done with no thought put into it other than "how shocking can we make this without it being porn?".

My whole take on the piracy thing is that if the entertainment industries want to stop it they need to simply adapt to it. Wanna put TBP out of business? Offer a site that does what they do but 10 times better and with no dead torrents. Charge a small yearly fee for membership and BAM, problem solved. Only the die-hard pirates will continue to download illegally; I would think most people will be glad to pay for a superior service.

That... is actually kind of creative.

However, I'll just say that that boom mike operator is a total bitch. I think she still has some of my CDs.

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