Don't Copy That: Racist Scare Ad?



The Software & Information Industry Association (SIAA) released a sequel to Don't Copy That, a music video instructing the public not to illegally copy software or risk jail-time. As they put it, "it's not a copy, it's a crime." What happens if you make a copy? Jackbooted thugs kick down your door and drag your mother away in the dark as she's making spaghetti. What happens to you? You get sent to jail, where three black men will beat the crap out of you.

Yes. Three black men. You might say that the video can't be racist, as the protagonist is black. Excuse me, but he's a black rapper. So this video endorses the view that Asians are computer dorks who steal software, and blacks are either rappers or violent thugs.

Stay classy, SIAA.

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