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Who Puts Anti-Piracy Warnings on Legitimate DVDs?

Something just occurred to me while I was working through my Family Guy DVDs over the weekend. I was just learning to hate the damn piracy advertisements – you know the ones, with the “You wouldn’t steal a… [insert noun here]” ones – and I wondered what the hell are these things doing on a DVD I paid good money for. I forked out money over the counter for these bad boys, why do I have to sit through these painful little snippets every damn time I put them in the player? You can’t even skip them on some DVDs! Seriously, what’s the point of having an anti-piracy advertisement on a legitimate DVD? “We know you won’t do it, but in case you were thinking about it…” or “we know you care enough about the industry to buy a legitimate copy, but here’s a lecture anyway…”? It’s like lecturing about truancy at a school meeting or handing out condoms to elderly couples. It’s redundant and it’s annoying. Surely money would be better spent advertising on the web or on television or outside in media where people you buy pirate media are likely to actually see it, rather than simply irritating those of us buying originals.

I’m sorry, that just really ticks me off.

3 Responses

  1. That same thought occured to me. Totally with you there.

  2. I typed into google ‘why do real dvd’s have anti piracy warnings on because I don’t understand the point. By funny coincidence it was also Family Guy that I was watching that had made me decide to look it up, to see if anyone else was confused.

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