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MPAA to Launch Anti-Piracy Commercials

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the need-more-money-to-roll-in dept.

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cfish writes "The MPAA is launching expensive 30 second TV commercials to preach about movie piracy. Featuring starving artists in the movie industry."

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please don't confuse me! (5, Funny)

sweeney37 (325921) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504056)

But wait, I saw Pirates of the Caribbean yesterday and the moral at the end was something like, "Sometimes you need a little piracy in order to do the right thing."

But the MPAA says it's bad. Why must Hollywood send me conflicting messages?



Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504092)

Re:please don't confuse me! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504123) p?NewsRelease=20030768.txt

Re:please don't confuse me! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504147)

Please report to the ministry of love immediately, you obviously have something wrong with you.

War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength.

Re:please don't confuse me! (1)

TheCyko1 (568452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504170)

Pirates of the Caribbean is Disney not Hollywood.

Re:please don't confuse me! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504211)

I didnt see it, its rated ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Re:please don't confuse me! (5, Funny)

Elvisisdead (450946) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504243)

That's funny. I bought a copy of Pirates of the Carribean from a guy on the street last Friday. No comment on the piracy lesson there....

hmmm... (5, Insightful)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504058)

I wonder if they will count the costs of the commercials in the money they are loosing every year to piracy...

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

FauxReal (653820) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504138)

I wonder if they will count the costs of the commercials in the money they are loosing every year to piracy... You can be certain they're counting that and the hidden cost of hosting multiple "consultation sessions" in the Bahamas with their stripper/secretaries.

Re:hmmm... (1)

mattrix2k (632351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504184)

Actually I think their free, it said something about the networks "donating" slots in the article.

Re:hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504196)

"Loosing every year to piracy"? Huh?

Re:hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504244)

"v. loosing
v. tr.
ex. To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.

Did you possibly mean losing?

Re:hmmm... (4, Interesting)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504291)

These costs are coming out of the "starving artists". That's why they are starving.

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

Creep73 (647258) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504292)

Steve: Hey bob it's about time we sent out those stats on how much money we are loosing to file sharing. Could you get me some numbers.

Bob: No problem Steve. I figure we should have had a 25% increase in sales this year however those darn file swapers kept our increase to a modest 8%. Make sure the reported numbers reflect that.

Bob: And Steve while you are at it. Could you take a few million of the money laying around and make a comersial about how much file swapping is hurting the industry.


Steve: No Problem. I will get right on it.

This is Dan (5, Funny)

Keltus (662411) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504295)

This is the AVI that Dan downloaded.

This is the sharer who hosted the AVI that Dan downloaded.

This is the cracker who sold ripped the AVI that the sharer hosted that Dan downloaded.

And this is movie star who shot herself for losing the money.

Downloading AVIs supports terrible things. If you download AVIs you might too.

Brought to you by the MPAA

Three Things (5, Informative)

mattrix2k (632351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504062)

1 From the Article: Stressing the importance of copyright protection, the campaign begins with an unprecedented television "roadblock" on more than 35 network and cable outlets on the evening of July 24, with each network donating 30 seconds in the first prime time break.
Beginning Friday, July 25, every major exhibitor in the country will donate time to play daily trailers on all screens in more than 5,000 theaters across the United States.

Sounds like a pretty huge campaign, gonna dwarf the EFF's efforts [] by a big margin.

2 Here is the website of the campaign [] . There's even some FUD [] : Network users have a back door to your hard drive while you're online, thereby seeing your personal, private information, such as bank records, social security number, etc.

3 The article first said (in the badly edited future) it was the RIAA doing it, when it's the MPAA...I think it was a case of RIAA on the brain. :)

Easy answer (4, Funny)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504064)

Just don't pirate movies from the starving artists -- Stick to pirating movies from the filthy rich ones.


Re:Easy answer (2, Interesting)

mattrix2k (632351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504095)

Yeah I think their point is that its not just the directors and actors that have to be paid...

Prince of Thieves (4, Funny)

PseudoThink (576121) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504200)

A new Hollywood blockbuster starring Kevin Costner, about a lone movie pirate and his merry #movies men, who rip movies from the rich to drive click-through web site traffic to support the poor.

Re:Easy answer (1)

Datasage (214357) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504302)

technicaly its still piracy reguardless of who made it.

But personally im much more willing to buy and independent or forgein film over a hollycrap blockbuster. (not all of its crap... just most of it)

If you use Kazaa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504065)

...the terrorists have already won!

Re:If you use Kazaa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504256)

>...the terrorists have already won!

Yeah. the problem with the whole "the [insert enemy] wins" assertion is that the audience sees that the enemy won, and that life goes on pretty much as before.

This is what took the piss out of the whole anti-communist crap in the 50's. The communists won. They took Asia. They kicked the asses off the US and European armies.

Guess what? Life went on, and people realized the whole game was bullshit.

up next (1)

514x0r (691137) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504068)

the war on'll have the same results as the war on drugs, or the war on terrorism...

Re:up next (3, Insightful)

gerf (532474) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504177)

the war on'll have the same results as the war on drugs, or the war on terrorism

Actually, the war on piracy has been going on longer than you thought! I have a video, and there are still posters of "Don't Copy That Floppy," an effort to prevent people from copying floppy disks of games. There are still quite a few of these posters in Gov't buildings, featuring a young, rapping Arsenio Hall look-alike, a couple dumpy kids, and an Apple][ E. Google for "don't copy that floppy video" and you can probably download it somewhere.

Re:up next (2, Funny)

514x0r (691137) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504250)

hey, that sounds pretty good. could you upload it to kazaa ;)

Money (-1, Redundant)

dicepackage (526497) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504072)

What do you think will the MPAA lose more money paying for these anti-piracy commercials then if they just let things be?

How about the other side (4, Insightful)

Yohahn (8680) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504075)

Is somebody going to make commercials about video/DVD hardware vendors that can't make new products sell as well since they have the extra expense of DRM?

Irony (3, Funny)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504077)

You no the ironic thing about all this? You just KNOW someone will copy these commercials and throw them up on Kazaa and such.

Re:Irony (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504161)

Did you intentionally use the incorrect no/know in the first sentence? If so, congrats.

If not, you're a seriously mentally impaired cockmongering chode loader. Get off of the short bus and into the oven, bitch.

Re:Irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504289)

Ok Anonymous Coward, for a post titled 'Irony' you succeed remarkably well at missing the point.

BTW, impressive use of verbal/written invective!

A great day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504079)

5th post as p?NewsRelease=20030768.txt

please (1)

linuxislandsucks (461335) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504080)

please feed a starving pirate today..

send food to India, China, Asia, and anywhere else but US..

Check out my... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504081)

Comics []


Can someone rip an AVI of that? (2, Redundant)

Microsift (223381) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504084)

Since I've got TiVo, I ignore commercials, so can someone copy that to the web in some viewable format?

Re:Can someone rip an AVI of that? (5, Informative)

professortomoe (540098) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504160)

The commericals can be viewed here [] . Only one up for now, but the rest will be up later I suppose.

Re:Can someone rip an AVI of that? (1)

e40 (448424) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504240)

Since I got TiVo (my new DirecTivo is being hooked up tomorrow.... two tuners, biiiiiatch!), I find that I watch some commercials. The ones that have "something" that hooks me. Often it's a movie preview, but it can be for anything.

I've talked with other TiVo owners and I'm not alone in this.

MPAA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504088)

is teh gh3y sux0r!!!

i is teh l33t hax0r!!!

Donating time? (2, Interesting)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504100)

Now that is interesting. It must be nice to get free time on the major networks for a lobbying effort. JAV

I'm confused (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504101)

Are the artists starving because of the MPAA? This seems like a stupid ad to air if they want people to know the disgraceful way they treat artists.

Oh wait...

Good timing... (5, Informative)

graveyhead (210996) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504103)

The EFF [] has just begun a pro file-sharing. It is an awareness campaign which effectively cuts the RIAA out of the loop, called "Let The Music Play". Details here [] .

for the price of your daily cup of coffee, (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504105)

you can save poor Arnies estate in Malibu..

How about abolishing copyright/patents/trademarks? (1)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504109)

It is the intellectual property laws that are truly unnatural and immoral. I remain one of the very few who propose this on slashdot.

That's why I have TiVo... (1)

pascalb3 (514151) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504110)

... so I can skip those pesky commercials and have a copy of my TV program.

At least they were smart enough... (1)

j_dot_bomb (560211) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504113)

..not to put them in previews at the beginning of theatre movies. I doubt you would find them in a pirates "telecine" version.

Why are they starving? (1)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504122)

Because somebody didn't pay to see the movie or because the movies they were in sucked or because the studio refused to give them their paycheck (*cough*Stan Lee*cough*)?


starving artist (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504124)

I'm sure the artists are starving because people pirate movies and not becuase only the big actors and execs make money while everyone else barely scrapes by.

Cool! (3, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504126)

Let's hope the ads focus on those film stars most affected by video piracy: Jenna Jameson, Devon, Asia Carerra, etc.

People don't consider sharing music piracy (1)

jdan (411331) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504127)

They never have. You never were worried about breaking the law when you copied cassette tapes or video tapes for your friends back in the 80s/90s, were you? Or if you recorded a TV show onto your VCR and then shared it with a coworker or neighbor?

How long can the MPAA and the RIAA go against what the people beleive? Can they wage a war to change our minds and convince people that sharing music IS piracy? Or will they just give up and find new ways to screw us over ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H generate profits?


Re:People don't consider sharing music piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504178)

>You never were worried about breaking the law
>when you copied cassette tapes or video tapes
>for your friends back in the 80s/90s

Of course not! I was too young to be party to a civil suit, and this stuff wasn't a crime until post-digital. Post-DMCA, actually.

And even if it had been a crime, I would probably have been a bit more worried about getting caught drinking and smoking pot.

Re:People don't consider sharing music piracy (1)

s20451 (410424) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504262)

You never were worried about breaking the law when you copied cassette tapes or video tapes for your friends back in the 80s/90s, were you?

You weren't worried about getting caught, which is different. I think most people agree that copying music is wrong. At least it feels wrong to some people, since you can go buy a CD for $15, or burn it for free, so there must be something illegitimate about burning. So people don't object strongly when it's called "piracy", "theft", etc. -- and why people don't have strong opinions about IP law.

Re:People don't consider sharing music piracy (0)

Trelane, the Squire (608266) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504264)

Perhaps that's what they're trying to fix... Call it piracy enough and people will start to believe you

Call me cynical (0, Offtopic)

BWJones (18351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504134)

Featuring starving artists in the movie industry

Lemme see. Who are they going to run in the ads? Metallica? What I would like to see is some of the artists that were truly screwed by the RIAA and the labels represented here. People like Jen Trynin [] who is amazingly talented, but had a baaaad experience with the labels.

Not quite right (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504135)

The editors are being a bit glib with their precis. The adverts actually feature people a bit lower in the food chain (make-up artists etc) than those earning millions per film. Presumably the message is that people like that will be cut before the studio dares to review Arnie's salary. Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but as I don't have broadband I'm a disinterested party in all this.

Starving artists?!?!? (5, Interesting)

DocStoner (236199) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504140)

Hell, I want to see a commercial that shows starving Americans that were the result of the greedy corporations moving their jobs overseas.

How about that to "enlighten" people?

What these commercials are really telling us... (5, Interesting)

luugi (150586) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504148)

There's a bunch of free movies out there! All you need is a computer and an internet connection!

Now everyone will know that it's easy to get them.

Boycott TV (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504149)

Idiocy likes this makes me thankful that I am boycotting television. Why subject yourself to mindless drek filled with awful advertising when you can have the Internet? The Internet is much better.

I even found a service called KaZaA Gold [] . It's like the KaZaA you leeches use, but it's legit. For just $1.50 a month, I can download all the content I want -- including Hollywood films.

Why can't Hollywood embrace the Internet, instead of trying to shut it down?

Pigs! (1)

CEO Guy (690800) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504150)

We should launch an add telling people that the shouldent buy crap from them. See how long they last with no income.. when was the last time you saw a famous Musician or a record label exec in a soup kitchen other than trying to get PR? I say we tell everyone we know NOT to buy a single CD or movie the entire month of December, the month that will jab the blood sucking leaches right when it hurts!

Re:Pigs! (5, Interesting)

El (94934) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504306)

Adbusters [] has been trying for years to run ads telling people not to buy crap... guess how much success they've had finding a network to carry the ads? Yes, they're willing to pay full rate card prices, but so far every major network has refused to air the ads. Good luck getting ant-MPAA ads on the air! (Hint: Unless you're willing to spend more on advertising the the movie studios, which spend at least $30 million promoting every new movie, media is going to follow the money and avoid pissing off bigger customers to makes a small group of "nuts" happy.)

I wonder... (1)

macemoneta (154740) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504155)

I wonder how many unlicensed copies of software are running around the MPAA offices, movie studios, and the homes of those poor folks being impacted by movie piracy.

If only it were the RIAA.... (1)

Chewie (24912) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504159)

It's not as appropriate but still funny.

s/Kid Rock/movie star of your choice.

Kid Rock Starves to Death []

Against Movie Piracy? (3, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504165)

But I loved "Pirates of the Caribbean"!

Yeah, blame it on the pirates (1, Troll)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504169)

Wow, isn't that great, just blame everything on the pirates. At the same time, they conveniently forget to mention how much artists actually get for what they do, and maybe they're starving just because the jobs don't pay them what they deserve.

I'm not saying piracy is good, but all I know is, artists get screwed over by pretty much everyone. Supporting the MPAA won't mean that all those poor starving artists will suddenly live like rajahs. It'll be the CEOs etc. etc that get to live the good life.

Don't copy that floppy! (1)

darkov (261309) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504174)

Their pitch: downloading music illegally will make you fat, your skin pale and spotty, and your social and love life wither on the vine...

Fuck! It's true!

new motto? (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504175)

So has the motto of the "public service" announcements gone from The more you know to The more you rip?

But... (4, Interesting)

El (94934) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504179)

My local library has hundreds of movies on DVD, and thousands on VHS, that they allow anybody to view for free... does this mean that sweet little old lady at the checkout desk is a PIRATE???

Delusional? (2, Insightful)

cpn2000 (660758) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504190)

Ok, I'm confused. Is the MPAA/RIAA
  • Just not getting it
  • Delusional
  • Playing games (i.e. laying foundations for more legislation)
I agree that piracy is a crime and folks who are engaging in it are making it harder for the rest of us, but honestly does the RIAA/MPAA expect that the people engaged in this are going to reform by looking at 30 second commercials?

Re:Delusional? (0)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504278)

I think that for music this is true and that a 30 second spot could change things. I was watching TechTV one time and this woman (40 or so probably) called up and asked about whether it was legal or not to download music. She'd been doing it but then saw an article about piracy in Newsweek. So, yeah - some people don't get it and it's easy enough to download an mp3 that people who don't get it (and by extension, probably don't have the greatest understanding of computers), still can. While downloading a movie is a bit more dicey (obviously no one on Slashdot would have any problem) and the casual user isn't going to bother with it - huge files, multiple formats, "What's a codec?", etc.

So the MPAA doesn't need to educate anyone - the people who download movies probably realize that what they're doing is wrong. On the other hand, some people who are upsetting the RIAA don't know it.

Christ... (0)

thung226 (648591) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504191)

Not another thing to sit through before I get to watch the damn movie.

No matter, really... movies nowadays are 2 hour ads, anyway.

Anybody see the BMW Mini movie (Italian Job) or the latest Nokia flick (Charlie's Angels)?

Well, I guess if you're going to lose money in ticket sales to piracy, you need another way to make money... just sell your artistic integrity to the highest bidder.

where can i download the commercials on p2p? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504195)

wonder if these commercials will spread on the usual p2p networks?

ofcoz cuz overseas and the international pirates also want to be educated.

no discrimination against the international piracy community.

please record and spread that shit to some torrent and p2p networks and post the links.

i bet the intl community also wants to have a good laaaf.

thank you

Expensive? (4, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504198)

Yeah right, I'll bet they are getting buddy buddy with the TV networks and telling them things like "Either you're on our side, or you'll stop showing our movies." Perhaps I'm wrong. Actually, I hope that I am.

Charity (1)

computechnica (171054) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504199)

We must start a charity with the UN to help Feed the poor starving MPAA. The United Nations Movie Organization For Underpaid Corporate Kiddies (UNMOFUCK) will help supply free Porsche and BMW to these unfortunate victims of LINUX. Please save the starving super models.

I have over 200GB of pirated music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504205)

:-) I rock! And I've been selling hard drives chock full of them for $500 a pop!

The Pirates of the Corporate Darlings (1)

nbahi15 (163501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504206)

The drama of out of work actors.
The Jaguar and Ferrari repossessed
The Beverly Hills mansion foreclosed upon
Turned away from the country club...
The horror!!!

The story could tell how their idyllic lives were shattered by piracy. How large corporate executives and A-list actors are thrown onto the street overnight.

Hypocricy (1)

Jesus IS the Devil (317662) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504209)

Featuring starving artists in the movie industry

Whatever! Like all the little thieves REALLY care about the artists. They just want to justify their immoral activities with any excuse. At least if you're gonna rip people off, be honest about it. Hiding under this pretencious veil is so hypocritical.

In all the previous /. articles I've seen regarding piracy, most of this "starving artist" act has been nothing but lip service. Where's the movement to get these artists more money? Where's the protest?

And mind telling me EXACTLY how ripping off their work does these "starving" artists any good?

I wonder how absurd they will be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504214)

If anyone lives in Canada and has Shaw as a cable provider, you've probably seen those ridiculously absurd ads for the "coalition against stealing satellite signals" or whatever.

That one with the kid stealing a chocolate bar, then the police showing up at the house with the kid, and the dad asking where he learned to steal... certainly not from him. "But dad, you steal satellite signals!"

You really have to see it to believe it. Wonder if these will be along the same idiotic lines.

All we need now is... (1)

BJZQ8 (644168) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504215)

All we need now is a sweeping anti-piracy bill that will make everyone from P2P downloaders to video time-shifters felons...oh wait! This nutso stuff from the RIAA/MPAA has got to stop somewhere...

Oh man.. (1)

WndrBr3d (219963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504216)

I only hope that these commercials have the same dramatic impact that the "Dont copy that floppy" Anti-Software Piracy Campaign had ;-)

I love propoganda... (1)

dotgod (567913) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504217)

Don't forget this one [] . It applies to downloading movies also.

Movie piracy is not victimless? (1)

willy134 (682318) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504218)

Don't they all get payed by some contract or even if they are back stage people they would get payed hourly. How much of the millions of dollars a movie makes really goes to these people?

I don't think they are the victims of movie piracy. They will get their paycheck just by showing up at the door. The theaters will lose some people (maybe)... but if they come out with a good show I would go to the theater to watch it.
The victims are the companies like paramount disney sony who make millions of dollars on one movie. I know Spider Man made Sony more money than many of their electronic devices did last year.

You can get movies for free online? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6504219)

Wow! I never knew I could get all the latest Hollywood movies over the computer until I saw this ad at the theater the other day. I'm never paying $10 to see a movie again! What a ripoff!

How about the _truth_ (4, Insightful)

SuperDuG (134989) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504223)

Show some kid going to college

Pan out the windows of his dorm room

Show a copy of his bank account with $32 in it

Show you being a heartless bastard and him opening a subpoena

Show him getting really pissed off just because you think the world owes you because you managed to rip off some recording artist.

Show that, and I'll be impressed.

Fuck the RIAA

Great I can see it now.... (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504224)

"Hi, this is Metallica. Over the past several years we've made 300 Million dollars. Recently due to Music Piracy by Napster, Kazza, Morpheous, Windows Networking, Computers, and the Internet, we've only been able to make a measly 100 Million this year.

With your help we can again start making our usual 300 Million and continue to ROCK ON FOR YOU! So please. Don't steal digital music it's morally, ethically, and legally wrong."

(star shoots across the screen) do dooo doo - The more you know

Can't wait (2, Funny)

batura (651273) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504227)

I can't wait to grab that off Kazaa and share with my friends!!

Divx? (1)

bertrandom (224870) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504258)

So has anyone found the divx of this off Kazaa yet?

Stupid like a FOX! (1)

Chewie (24912) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504261)

How long before these commercials show up on Morpheus/KaZaA/whatever? Either the commercials themselves will be pirated, or (delightfully devilish, Seymour) the studios themselves will be seeding these out there under movie titles!

Either way, ranks right up there with the annoying PSA blitz against drunk driving. Not that I don't agree, but beating it into my skull isn't the way to go.

I can picture it now... (2, Funny)

Pollux (102520) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504263)

Two kids are sitting at a computer. They are both listening to the CD. One says to the other, "Hey, that's a real cool CD." The other says, "Say, if you have a blank CD-R, I can burn you a copy." They put the CD-R into the machine. Suddenly...

Some black rapper reject from the PJ's jumps out onto the desktop screen and starts to rap. "Don't copy...don't copy that floppy! ...uh, I mean CD!" ...

For anyone who doesn't get the joke, there was a video released back in 1992 by (I think) the SIAA titled "Don't copy that floppy." It is the funniest 8 minute public service announcement video you will ever seen in your life. A rapper does this rap chanting "Don't copy...don't copy that floppy" after two kids try and use a Mac to copy a "cool game" onto another floppy disk. You just have to see it to believe it. You can watch a .wma video of it at (dial-up user warning: it's a 15MB download).

Good news (1)

dcigary (221160) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504267)

I for one think this is a step in the right direction...

(wait wait, put down those torches and pitchforks while I explain!)

Now they're bringing their issues to the mainstream public. I think what they'll find is that they are going to alienate the general public, and causing the public to think twice about what they buy and who they support by buying it.

1984 (1)

Chagatai (524580) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504271)

I propose that the EFF makes their own commerical in the vein of the 1984 Macintosh commercal where a runner comes blazing down the aisle of a movie theatre with a sledgehammer and throws it at a giant visage of Hillary Rosen. And play it during the Superbowl. And let the background music be an "illegally" modified copy of Metallica. Better yet, let the runner be Tux. So there.

Wait just a minute .... (1)

taniwha (70410) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504275)

None of these people (set painters, stunt people etc etc) get residuals - they get paid a union wage - they don't get part of the DVD/VHS post big-screen revenue stream that could be damaged by file swapping - they ought to have some fat-cat studio moguls, some big producers, and some million dollar stars out there shilling for them "we'll only take home $5M next year if you swap movies" ....

Pro-movie copyrights commercials before movies... (1)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504277)

If I PAID to see a movie why the hell would I need to be told not to pirate it? I paid for it!

Starving artists? (1)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504281)

Starving artists in the movie industry? You mean, like the ones who made 405 [] , or Batman: Dead End [] ? They're happy they were able to get their content on the net, where it would be appreciated and would demonstrate their talent.

Tidings of a grim future (1)

Gefiltefish11 (611646) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504284)

This coming ad campaing only makes the MPAA/RIAA establishment seem even spookier. Sure, they seem like a bunch of greedy execs (ok, they are a bunch of greedy execs). And sure, it's the business establishment that picks the pockets of artists more than even the most prolific digital pirate. But the movement that these guys have made lately is really spooky.

Just recently, there have been civil suits agains poor college students and threats against oodles of end users. The spookiness is increasing as, god forgive them, the courts are siding with them.

The worst-case future that I'm starting to smell here resembles some of the futuristic cyber punk fiction, where massive corporations outstrip even the government in power, resources, and lust for more of both.

/paranoid rant

Now it all makes sense! (1)

lightspawn (155347) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504285)

"...Featuring starving artists in the movie industry."

I was wondering why all those girls on MTV are so thin.

The RIAA starves more musicians than pirates do (1)

gonx (562012) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504296)

We need to get together and mak 30 second comercials showing the starving artists and then show the executives at the record labels eating out at five star restaurants every night then ask the public to decide who is "starving" the artists. P.S. The exectives should be having diner with their lawyers and discussing how they can reword the contracts to make sure that the artists don't get anymore of their "five star restaurant dinner" money.

Don't copy that floppy!! (1)

Yanna (188771) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504298)

It is rumoured that they hired the same advertising agency who designed this campaign. []

MPAA could hep starving artists... (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504299) actually hiring a few writers to come up with these things they used to call 'plots' for movies. There used to also be a species of 'artist' native to Hollywood that they called 'consistency' people - they would make sure the scenes in the movie weren't in jarring discordance. They also had people called 'consultants' that would make sure technical aspects of the movie weren't so bad as to ruin the suspension of disbelief. Oh, and they managed to avoid having fat and rich producer/director/writers take the most powerful warriors the universe has known and having them forget about their powers when strapped to a rock (but I digress).

you know... (1)

snooo53 (663796) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504301)

I've never really thought of the MPAA as 'evil'... not like the RIAA. So far we haven't heard much FUD from them, and the RIAA seems to be the one spearheading all the lawsuits and anti-piracy campaigns. At least they're trying to influece the public through a commercial rather than a courtroom.

Moreover, the value of movies seem to be much higher than any CDs. After all, for close to the same price as a regularly priced 45min CD you get hours of *visual* content on a DVD or VHS. I see second run movies at the dollar theatre all the time. Almost all the money I used to spend on CDs has been going to DVDs. They just seem worth it compared to what you get on a CD. It's hard to lay blame on the MPAA for wanting to crack down on piracy.

Very honourable (1)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504305)

"on all screens in more than 5,000 theaters across the United States"

Move on! These suckers have already given up their five bucks, call them crooks and they won't come back no more.

Shooting themselves in the foot? (1)

WEFUNK (471506) | more than 11 years ago | (#6504307)

While college students and geeks have been downloading and ripping movies for years, at least on a limited basis, I don't think the general public has much awareness about movie piracy/sharing (certainly not when compared to music)... ...until now.

Sure there's usually stories about how the latest crappy sequel of the week is available on the net or in China before opening night, but I can't wait to see if movie downloading jumps significantly after this campaign.

I think this will be a case of "any publicity being good publicity" (where good = effective = bad from the MPAA perspective). Maybe they should just save their time and trade their millions in advertising right for a 25 cent call to Steve Jobs right now.
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