• DVDs and Blu-rays will now carry two unskippable government warnings
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[quote]The US government yesterday rolled out not one but two copyright notices, one to "warn" and one to "educate." Six major movie studios will begin using the new notices this week. The main change is that Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has, in the last several years, made itself a key player in the copyright wars. The FBI has shown extremely limited interest in going after individual websites, but ICE has done so with gusto; it has so far seized more than 750 domain names after rightsholder complaints. This new prominence is reflected in the broader logos used. ICE now appears on both notices. The first notice shows the traditional FBI seal and a warning that "the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000." The logo for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit now appears beside the FBI's. The second notice shows the logo for the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, which involves 20 different US government agencies. It features one extremely angry eagle who would probably pluck your eyeballs from your sockets if he could get those talons near you. "Piracy is not a victimless crime," says the notice. "For more information on how digital theft harms the economy, please visit www.iprcenter.gov." Will the two screens be shown back to back? Will each screen last for 10 seconds each? Will each screen be unskippable? Yes, yes, and yes. An ICE spokesman tells me that the two screens will "come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD. At which point the movie rating comes up, followed by the IPR Center screen shot for 10 secs and then the FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning for 10 secs as well. Neither can be skipped/fast forwarded through." [b]The idea isn't to deter current pirates, apparently (the new scheme requires all legal purchasers to sit through 20 seconds of warnings each time they pop in a film, but will be totally absent from pirated downloads and bootlegs). It's to educate everyone else. As ICE Director John Morton announced in a statement yesterday, "Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort."[/b][/quote] [url]http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/dvds-and-blu-rays-will-now-carry-two-unskippable-government-warnings/[/url]
makes sense [quote][B] It's to educate everyone else.[/B][/quote] gimme dat kneejerk
Punish the customers who pay! This is so stupid, and won't help with anything, it'll only make the customers more angry.
[QUOTE=Sgt-NiallR;35907647]makes sense[/QUOTE] how
One more reason to pirate it. After buying it of course
-Can't fucking read
This is like having a car alarm that shouts "DO NOT STEAL CARS" and goes off every time you turn the key.
[QUOTE=RichyZ;35907657]how[/QUOTE] sarcasm
I'll buy it even more just because of this!
I'll just illegally download it to skip these warnings. [editline]11th May 2012[/editline] But really I hate having to sit through these warnings, just let us play the damn movie!
You really couldn't post the news straight from the horse's mouth? [url='http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120508washingtondc.htm']ICE press release[/url] [editline]10th May 2012[/editline] Fuck's sake, I'm against piracy and think that this is one of the most horseshit antipiracy move they could have played
That would just make me want to pirate it out of spite
Now that's stupid.
What the fuck is the point even? If you bought the DVD, you shouldn't need to see the warning at all. It should just be common sense that doing it is illegal. One warning is more than enough, especially if it's unskippable. We don't need two.
More time to pop the corn :v:
Wow, 20 seconds of sitting and staring at an unskippable government PSA about Hollywood's bullshit piracy "losses"? Wonderful. I'll totally enjoy staring at it before I can watch the content I legally paid for, instead of downloading illegally and not having to waste my time.
Thankfully, most UK releases have this instead now: [URL]http://www.copyrightaware.co.uk/about-the-industry-trust/thank-you-ident.asp[/URL] Take heed, America.
You don't beat pirates by scaring people, you beat them by offering a better service than they do. Forcing people who PAID for your product to watch unskippable ads which tell them NOT TO PIRATE something they already paid for is not going to encourage sales.
This is how I seem to picture it: [t]http://i.imgur.com/jjpIX.jpg[/t] [t]http://i.imgur.com/uHYxO.jpg[/t] [t]http://i.imgur.com/nYviV.jpg[/t]
i like backing up my blurays so i skip all this shit anyways
This is how government works. It takes effort and sincerity to uphold the laws on the books. Lets just make more of the same laws that we'll continue to do nothing to enforce.
[QUOTE=koeniginator;35907873][url=http://i.imgur.com/GxzeV.jpg]obligatory[/url][/QUOTE] Also obligatory: [img]http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/698/dvdpiracy.jpg[/img] Seriously, this gets more ridiculous with each passing year. I don't buy Blu-Rays to watch advertisements (especially advertising the slick new medium of Blu-Ray on a fucking Blu-Ray disc) and I sure as hell don't buy movies to be constantly reminded to NOT turn to criminal behavior. I bought the movie, now let me watch the goddamn thing.
[QUOTE=koeniginator;35907873][url=http://i.imgur.com/GxzeV.jpg]obligatory[/url][/QUOTE] I've never seen a DVD or BluRay with unskippable previews and two nonconsecutive government warnings.
[QUOTE=King Tiger;35908133]I've never seen a DVD or BluRay with unskippable previews and two nonconsecutive government warnings.[/QUOTE] Unskippable previews have become more of a rarity now, but I still find the occasional disc with them. Nowadays, however, I direct my frustration to the RIDICULOUS loading times for Blu-Ray movies because they spend so much time attempting to connect to the internet to download current information or a new trailer. On our standalone Blu-Ray player, it takes 2-4 minutes to get to the main menu of Avatar, 90% of which is spent staring at a "LOADING..." screen. My PS3 is thankfully much faster, but it's still ridiculous.
[QUOTE=King Tiger;35908133]I've never seen a DVD or BluRay with unskippable previews and two nonconsecutive government warnings.[/QUOTE] What country do you live in, and how can I get there?
What bullshit.
[QUOTE=MrEndangered;35907949]Thankfully, most UK releases have this instead now: [URL]http://www.copyrightaware.co.uk/about-the-industry-trust/thank-you-ident.asp[/URL] Take heed, America.[/QUOTE] Wow, that video would actually make me feel good for buying the movie instead of pirating and never buying it.
pay for warnings :D
[QUOTE=MrEndangered;35907949]Thankfully, most UK releases have this instead now: [URL]http://www.copyrightaware.co.uk/about-the-industry-trust/thank-you-ident.asp[/URL] Take heed, America.[/QUOTE] For me this would go a long way in purchasing dvds/blu rays, not the "hey we got your money now, fuck you eat a dick" we get on the shit here.
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