Video piracy propaganda

(31 Posts)
ProPerformer Wed 06-Mar-13 19:44:16

Just finished watching a DVD with DH and DS (age 4), at the end of it there was a short 'advert' about pirate DVDs. The video depicted a very scary looking man with eyes of flame working in a forge. DS was so scared by this that he was actually in tears. (we turned it off ASAP, but we were not near the remote at the time so it took a good 30-40 seconds.)

AIBU to think this sort of 'scary' advert should not be on the end of a DVD marked as U? I really feel like writing and complaining!

Aside from the whole only having to sit through it if you have bought the damn DVD, the "you wouldn't steal a car" winds the pedant in me up because piracy isn't theft. Theft is taking something away from someone so they don't still have it, pirating a DVD does not take away the original. If they're going to force us to sit through it they could at least make it accurate!

lockets Fri 08-Mar-13 00:06:00

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ProPerformer Thu 07-Mar-13 23:46:04

Where do you download stuff from lockets?
I did have 'love film' but want stuff we can keep to watch again and again.

ProPerformer Thu 07-Mar-13 23:24:40

Indeed. I actually have the DVD we were watching on VHS recorded off the tv years ago, so didn't 'need' to buy it legit, but chose to as I guess keeping recorded off the tv stuff for years is not technically correct either (though I know loads of people who do it who, like us, would not illegally download stuff.) it just makes me furious that they put a totally unsuitable ad at the end that we couldn't skip and scared my Ds to tears. Made me wish I'd kept my money and just transferred the VHS to DVD!!

lockets Thu 07-Mar-13 21:42:20

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MiaowTheCat Thu 07-Mar-13 17:51:12

We used to just sit there through the "you wouldn't steal a car" one with the "downloading movie" progress bar and comment that "cor we'd love her internet connection."

Rarely buy DVDs these days anyway - do one of those DVD rentals by post thing to get what we want to watch, but the un-fastforwardable adverts at the start of them wind me up - I tend to bung DVD in, and go in the shower while all the crap at the start runs through (Disney being noteably bad for it - by the time you've sat through the trailers for Disneyland, Christmas at Disneyland, the digitally remastered and retouched - again - Sleeping Beauty: We Ain't Re-released This Yet This Year Editiion, Aladdin 9 - We Dug Up The Corpse Of Jafar, Lion King 97 - Simba's Sperm and all the other shite they bung on there that's gone straight to DVD)

ProPerformer Thu 07-Mar-13 17:37:00

Must say VHS had its Drawbacks, but at least you could fast forward the ads and trailers!

I'm not condoning pirate DVDs, just saying that in many ways I'd rather that than buy legit DVDs from this particular company now as my ds was so scared by the totally inappropriate ad! (Not saying I would!)

bangwhizz Thu 07-Mar-13 14:26:44

ah but you see if I am not going to buy the dvd anyway the it makes me richer without making them 'poorer' a win-no lose situation you might say

JCDenton Thu 07-Mar-13 14:08:20

It's nuts, I don't watch a lot of DVDs but this still drives me mad. It doesn't make it ok to pirate of course, but surely they have to realise that they're punishing those who actually buy the thing and that pirates enjoy a superior product where they can double click and be watching the film straight away.

whistleahappytune Thu 07-Mar-13 13:07:33

So it's okay to steal from people you assume have more money than you?

lockets Thu 07-Mar-13 12:10:26

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Startail Thu 07-Mar-13 10:54:22

I haven't seen the ad, my kids DVDs are older, but sitting through non fastforwardable ads and trailers make me angry

Also sympathy he found it scary, DD1 used to get freaked by Eastenders trailers, always people arguing. Things adults would blank out and not really see can get to small children. I do wish people would think where they put them.

FierceBadIggi Thu 07-Mar-13 10:28:54

Bangwhizz, your neighbours might have more money than you, better get round there with a sack and a chisel.

Jude89 Thu 07-Mar-13 09:03:11

I like the "Thank You!" one.

bangwhizz Thu 07-Mar-13 08:47:31

I think Hollywood have more money than me.

SlowLooseChippings Thu 07-Mar-13 08:39:25

"You wouldn't download a car!"

I would, if I had the bandwidth.

FierceBadIggi Thu 07-Mar-13 08:32:48

I don't think we can jump from saying the advert was inappropriate, to saying it's ok to buy pirate dvds/illegally download films.
I am swayed by the whole "you wouldn't steal froma shop" etc advert, I never would steal so it's odd if I've no problem doing it online. I do watch films on my pc - but as part of my lovefilm subscription.
It's one of those issues where if a few people do it it makes no difference, but if everyone did it there would be no film industry.

livinginwonderland Thu 07-Mar-13 08:10:31

i watch everything (tv shows, films) online. dvd's are ridiculously expensive and even when they're in the sales, they're more than i'm really willing to spend when i know i can watch it all for free on the internet. i'll buy dvd's if i'm given vouchers or something, or if it's a hard-to-find film, but generally watching it online is more convenient and saves me money. plus, you can't scratch the online versions!

lockets Thu 07-Mar-13 08:10:09

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Tee2072 Thu 07-Mar-13 08:07:43

I have not gotten the point of those ads being on legally purchased disks. Preaching to the choir a bit, yeah?

KindleMum Thu 07-Mar-13 07:54:33

I buy legal DVDs and having to sit through the anti-piracy ads without the option to skip them makes me want to buy pirated ones. It's stupid to annoy the paying customer like that and yes, the ad is often not suited to young children.

Got to agree with KateShrub that I'm paying extra to get an inferior product, the industry needs to fix that.

Katienana Thu 07-Mar-13 07:50:57

Please.don't encourage illegal downloading, my.husband is an independent film maker and he earns little enough as it is!

Emilythornesbff Thu 07-Mar-13 07:07:30

YANBU.

ProPerformer Thu 07-Mar-13 07:04:59

I totally agree!

KateShrub Thu 07-Mar-13 01:42:50

Yes it's definitely less hassle to illegally download. Normal DVD players are programmed not to let you skip the 10 minutes of trailers and burn-in-hell warnings.

With illegally downloaded movies there are no such issues.

I know that with downloadable music they've removed some of the copy protection because it was absurd that by paying you got an inferior product compared to stealing it, but I don't think that's happened with movies yet - the paying customer is milked like a cow.

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