I’ve watched this about five times now, and I’m still not sure I can believe it’s real. It’s an ad made by the National Crime Prevention Council (the guys who invented McGruff the crime dog) and it’s supposed to discourage you from piracy.
The premise is that when you buy a counterfeit DVD on the street, your money goes to support everything from child slave labor to gang violence to terrorism. As goofy as that premise may be it’s at least REMOTELY plausible, as I’m guessing those shady street vendors have a few even shadier connections, but this has NOTHING to do with online piracy because honestly, it’s 2011, are people seriously still buying burned copies of DVD on the street?
Piracy may not be a good thing, but it sure as shit isn’t supporting child labor or gang violence. There’s no “couple bucks” being paid as the ad says, and I’ve never heard of anyone getting rich off of being a master torrent uploader.