Feds produce over-the-top anti-piracy films | The Raw Story
The U.S. government wants you to know, when you buy pirated goods, the terrorists win.
A new series of advertisements produced with U.S. taxpayer money is ruffling some feathers among opponents of anti-piracy legislation being considered by Congress. The short films take a highly dramaticized approach to showing the largely made-up world of piracy being run by gangs, thugs and child slavers, all of whom are allegedly supported through illegal downloads and bootleg products.
Indeed, many artists seeking to grow their audience have turned to peer-to-peer networks like Bittorrent to distribute their materials, asking for donations if their music is appreciated. This business model, if one can even call it that, has proved to be quite successful for some bands: Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, in particular, chalked up millions in donations by releasing recent work for free online, all without a record label taking a cut of their profits.