RIAA: Murderers, Terrorists, And Other Criminal Minds May Be Graduating To Pirating Music

Feb 21st, 2008 // 7 Comments

Yesterday the RIAA-produced video In Trial, which covers the societal dangers of music piracy, made its way out to torrent sites, and among its contents are instructions on how to get RIAA investigators qualified as expert witnesses, a guide to identifying pirated CDs, and the above bit, about the links between people who profit from pirated music and people who deal weapons, populate terror cells, and murder their fellow man for sport. Surely I’m not the only person who thinks that this particular bit on the “kill ‘em all” impulses of miscreants dealing in fifth-generation copies of Graduation would hit home a little more effectively if it were accompanied by a bangin’ soundtrack? [Listening Post / Gizmodo]

  1. GhostOfDuane

    Wow, it’s like Reefer Madness for the torrent generation.

  2. AL

    This would have been way awesomer if they got Fred Thompson for the white-haired guy’s role.

  3. Jasonbob7

    Let’s be clear here – I don’t think they’re talking about the type of “piracy” that occurs when college students and Digg nerds steal copies of Kanye West. The video seems to be referring to “piracy” as in buying blank CD-Rs in bulk, burning music to them, and selling them for dirt cheap. That’s how piracy can be a “link to other crimes” – a bootleg CD seller can get caught up with drug dealers, gun runners, and other shady characters. Given, it’s still a specious claim, but it makes more sense than “Don’t let junior download — he’ll start huffing meth and murder grandma!”

  4. Maura Johnston

    @Jasonbob7: oh, that’s what i meant by ‘fifth-generation.’ (xeroxed covers and all.)

  5. Garrison Dean

    Haha, that woman almost looks like she believed herself at the end of that. “Phew made it through with a straight face!”

    And there is nothing that gives me douche chills like the pride on Law enforcers face when they repeat “street lingo”. “Would you like that CD with or Without?” good god. Its like when white people started to say Bling Bling.

  6. iantenna

    so surviving the game was a metaphor for music piracy?

  7. Anonymous

    So essentially what their saying is this:

    When you go to a black market area that sells guns and drugs and is plagued by violence, they also sell pirated CDs sometimes.

    Who would have suspected that violent career criminals don’t respect copyright?

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