More Unskippable Piracy Warnings for DVDs

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MelasZepheos:
Yeah I think they should stop trying to inform people of the law and trying to uphold it. I mean, who needs laws and rules? They just get in the way of things.

I'm rapidly losing any sympathy I might have possessed for anyone even vaguely in support of piracy even by apathy and omission. Piracy is illegal. This is a statement you would think it is hard to misunderstand but apparently people really are idiots. I don't need to be reminded again and again that stealing from a shop is wrong, or that copying someone's intellectual property and passing it off as my own is wrong, or that burglary or murder or speeding or assault is wrong (I am not comparing piracy to any of those crimes, I am listing them as crimes I have never had to be reminded about) yet somehow people can't get the hint that when something is illegal, you shouldn't do it.

This may blow your mind, but something being illegal says precisely nothing about the morallity behind it.

How about they "legalize" piracy but force them to add THIS SHIT in front of every movie you load. Unskipable. Just change it to "piracy is not a victimless act".

I BUY my bluerays (and I bought my DVDs). Why the hoof should I endure this BS?

TizzytheTormentor:
(wasn't Alan Wake pirated so much, the game was a commercial failure)

Speaking of which, my copy will finish downloading in a minute or two.

On Steam, that is. Considered getting it cheaper on GOG, but I really wanted the soundtrack in Steam's Collector's Edition.

hmm 10 seconds god some people are too impatient these days.

Monoochrom:

MelasZepheos:
Yeah I think they should stop trying to inform people of the law and trying to uphold it. I mean, who needs laws and rules? They just get in the way of things.

I'm rapidly losing any sympathy I might have possessed for anyone even vaguely in support of piracy even by apathy and omission. Piracy is illegal. This is a statement you would think it is hard to misunderstand but apparently people really are idiots. I don't need to be reminded again and again that stealing from a shop is wrong, or that copying someone's intellectual property and passing it off as my own is wrong, or that burglary or murder or speeding or assault is wrong (I am not comparing piracy to any of those crimes, I am listing them as crimes I have never had to be reminded about) yet somehow people can't get the hint that when something is illegal, you shouldn't do it.

This may blow your mind, but something being illegal says precisely nothing about the morallity behind it.

If history has taught us anything, it's that all laws are objectively correct and ethically sound.

Edit: ...if only they'd add long, unskippable anti-piracy warnings and ads to all video games to put an end to all video game piracy.

Thanks to new advances in 3D printing, you can illegally download a car!

But you shouldn't. You still can, you just shouldn't.

TheBobmus:

Andy Shandy:
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I prefer Ed Byrne's take on piracy:

This music's so funky it makes me want to obey the law!

Damn you! You beat me to it.

This is one the main reasons I back up my dvds to my computer so can I watch them without going through all the piracy warnings. Which in itself is a pain; I don't know why having a digital copy of the dvd included has not become standard nowadays, since nearly everyone carries around some device that is capable of playing video.

As long as pirates are delivering a better product, I'm not going to have sympathy for attempts to curb piracy. Putting crap like this on stuff that people bought ensures that pirates are delivering the better product.

How does effectively enforcing copyright harm the economy? Intellectual work isn't distributed as much; less people enjoy it due to being deterred by price. An economy isn't just money transactions. An economy is richness of experience as well. Higher prices for copyable goods cut into that richness of experience.

The people in charge of the biggest organizations of the world just seem to get dumber and dumber =.=

Ironically I think people would actually buy the copies if they DIDN'T have those freaking unskippable warning's on them. People payed for a hard copy of the movie, not 20 minutes of unskippable ads >.>

tony2077:
hmm 10 seconds god some people are too impatient these days.

If it only was those 10 seonds nobody would be complaning. However all those anti-piracy warnings, ads and previews all add up to several minutes and it's getting longer and longer.

Hmmm...

I see this as an excellent opportunity for some enterprising individual to create Blu-ray players that completely ignore the "Unskippable"-flags... alternatively provide modding solutions for that sort of thing...

Feel free to steal pirate that idea, enterprising individuals.

Pirates don't pirate out of ignorance of the law. It's not like one day one of them will look at a legitimate movie and say, "oh my god.... it's illegal to not buy your movies?!? I'll stop right away!" People who buy legitimate DVD's and Blurays no doubt also realize that it's illegal to download your movie or buy it off of the street out of someones trunk. It's idiotic how these people think. These warnings have been around for a really long time, and more of them won't change anything. At least you could fast forward them on VHS. This is the movie equivalent of Ubishit DRM where legitimate buyers suffer while pirates prosper. Guess I'll just have to start doing with Blurays what I do with Ubisoft games. Buy them legitimately, download a cracked version and play that one.

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Just wait. Soon it will be a half hour class followed by a multiple choice quiz. If you fail the quiz, you will be sent back to the beginning of it.

Hell... I find it annoying that I have to suffer through the commercials for the upcoming season of Heroes everytime I want to watch Season 4 of House. Seriously... Heroes failed as a show. I had to copy my own DVD so that I could watch the damn thing without seeing nearly 5 minutes of crap to watch 40 minutes of video.

Sgt Spaky: I believe the general public needs more education about media piracy!

Cpt McTard: Well Sargent, how would we go about making people more aware?

Sgt Spaky: It's obvious! We add more unskippable warnings to media so we can educate the people who DIDN'T pirate it.

Cpt McTard: ... GENIUS.

You know who doesn't have to look at these things every time they watch a movie?

There's Really no way to stop assholes from stealing your stuff. Maybe if one were to make piracy a capital offence :P

"The anti piracy warnings in our dvd aren't working, people are buying pirated copies just to bypass them, what do we do?"

"Add more warnings!"

Kahunaburger:
You know who doesn't have to look at these things every time they watch a movie?

Oh, oh, I know! Pick me!

Pirates!

JediMB:

TizzytheTormentor:
(wasn't Alan Wake pirated so much, the game was a commercial failure)

Speaking of which, my copy will finish downloading in a minute or two.

On Steam, that is. Considered getting it cheaper on GOG, but I really wanted the soundtrack in Steam's Collector's Edition.

Wait, what? Alan Wake is on GOG?

They really need to change their name.

You know, I just realized... I bet a load of pirates are going to use this as an excuse. In reality they are just cheap assholes who need a punch in the face, but all my money says a ton of them will be using "they add too much at the start, so we pirate to fight the man and vote with our wallets" as their reasoning.

Its amazing how many things can be linked to Ghostbusters, isn't it? I mean seriously, I made a Ghostbusters joke earlier and here comes another: "I'll tell you what the effect is, it's pissing me off!" Now I just need a government official to tell me that maybe their theory is correct and the joke of this whole thing can be completed. Just don't leave in a fit. Like Pete, if you tell em they can keep the five bucks you better believe they will.

I tried to find a decent Youtube clip but the sound on the one I found was pretty bad so... that was the best I could do...

Fair use right? Right?

More, unskippable warnings won't do anything except piss people off and drive them to pirate. Same as DRM does.

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Call up those LRR guys; have them stop doing Unskippables for video games and have them just do the intros to movies.

So... Pirates won't ever see this message... and legitimate customers who didn't pirate it are inconvenienced by an unskippable add telling them not to pirate...

... I really don't think they thought this one through.

Every time I'm forced to watch an anti-piracy add before being allowed to see a film I have paid for, the wording of the add tends to transform in my mind into "If you'd downloaded this film you'd be watching it by now!"...

Andy Shandy:
As with every topic that comes up about these unskippable things, I feel obliged to post this image.

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Anyway, do they not realise that people are annoyed by these and all these anti-piracy ads they have to wade through are more likely to make them pirate?

I'll do you one better:

lapan:
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This thread made me think of this picture. It's like DRM, all it does is annoy and scare away their legit customers.

That picture is perfect. I have been excited to watch a film so many times and then just aggravated and in a shitty mood by the time the disc has even given me the option to play the damn thing.

That skip forward icon appearing on the screen with a line through it feels like a giant "fuck you" from the industry.

It's always so confusing to me why people do this stuff. If you were to download it for free you don't get a single interruption between you and your movie.

Maybe they should work on making entertainment more convenient.

Grey Carter:
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations logos

Remember this one next time someone talks about the DHS, kiddies. One of their arms is being used as yet another attack dog for the major media companies. That's what it means to keep the homeland secure. Also, using your tax dollars to explain why ACTA is a good thing in a joint press release with the guy who told poor countries that can't afford to educate and care for their people that they need to spend more on protecting US copyrights, even if they already have stricter laws and enforcement than the US does.

I can see so many ways that this could go wrong.

Kamukazi:
couldnt help but notice such FBI messages on australian dvds over here, didnt realise they had jurisdiction IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

Homeland Security: Every land is home to someone. Don't you want to feel secure?

Not to worry though. We're generous enough that we're willing to donate some TSA officers to your airports too.

Trying to humanize ourselves in the public's eye isn't working... let's try to humanize ourselves HARDER!

Corporate America: blissfully ignorant of reality since 1950.

Great, an other reason to never buy dvd's again. If their plan is to kill the medium to stop piracy of it, then it looks like they're on the right track :P

I don't buy DVDs anyway... So +1 for me XP

For some reason films don't really give much enjoyment even when they're really good. Weird.

Except I buy anime DVDs off Amazon but hey those don't count. Code Geass came out in 2006 so it belongs to the fun times of olde where there were no anti-piracy shenanigans in every single cinema and DVD ever XD

Now, if they were to put Lelouch into an anti-piracy advert...

"Lelouch Vi Britannia commands you... All of you, never download films illegally again!

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