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This Anti-Counterfeiting PSA Is Just Ridiculous

By 12.01.11

Let’s be clear about something: counterfeit goods are, indeed, a problem, do, in fact, have ties to organized crime, and are, as a rule, fairly crappy and worthless, so you shouldn’t buy them. However, the actual concerns from grown adults are due to stuff that really can kill you: fake drugs, for example, or badly constructed electrical equipment that shorts out and starts a fire. Fake medications in particular are nasty and horrible. The government, on the other hand, just doesn’t want you to buy a fake DVD because that makes the ghost of Jack Valenti sad.

Seriously, this PSA wants to convince you that buying a fake DVD means you’re part of an international crime ring that pushes drugs onto eight-year-olds before pimping them out and making their parents fight in gladitorial games. You know, because it’s simple and easy for the vast majority of Americans to find and buy a counterfeit DVD in the first place, instead of paying ten bucks on Amazon for the real thing.

Thanks, federal government! We’re so glad our tax dollars went to that!


TAGSGOVERNMENTintellectual propertyPIRACYyou're doing it wrong

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