by Mike Masnick
Thu, Apr 7th 2011 2:32pm
You may recall a few months back we wrote about an NBC Universal backed campaign paid for with NYC taxpayer dollars to put up anti-piracy propaganda around NYC, based on the blatantly false claim that "there's no such thing as a free movie." Ironically, the makers of the propaganda videos had no trouble using the "free" YouTube to host the videos telling people there's no such thing as a free movie. SD points us to the news that Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has now posted the same video... stripped of references to New York City to its YouTube channel, and put a thing at the end asking people to send infringement notifications to ICE. While I'm sure that ICE got permission from NYC to use these videos (and yes, the headline above is joking), it does seem a bit weird that it would just copy someone else's anti-piracy videos. Considering the pro-copyright defenders around here are always arguing that copying like this is bad when you could "just create your own," will they now say that ICE should have created its own propaganda videos as well? In the meantime, is anyone else disturbed that taxpayer money is being used to fund clearly misleading (or downright dishonest) propaganda videos designed to protect a particular industry?
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