Overhype

by Brady Kriss


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file sharing, terrorism, uk



British Transport Police: Illegal Downloading Kills Babies [Updated]

from the suspiciously-convenient-logic dept

Update: Apparently this is a parody of the actual ad, which is only slightly less ridiculous...

The British Transport Police's newest anti-terrorism campaign focusses onů illegal downloading? That seems to be the case, based on this billboard, as tweeted this weekend by @case_hardened:
In case you can't see it, the billboard features a picture of a small crowd in an outdoor shopping area - and at the center, a mom with adorable baby. The text of the billboard reads:
"A bomb won't go off here because weeks before the criminal pirating films was caught by monitoring his internet history. Pirating films funds terrorism and organized crime. Report it today.
Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline
Call 0800 789 321"
The logic is a bit difficult to follow, but the message is clear: if you are against the government monitoring your internet use, you are for killing babies.

We've been hearing for a while that counterfeit goods, including DVDs, software, and even handbags, fund terrorism, but it doesn't follow that an individual illegally downloading movies from the internet is helping terrorists. And it sure doesn't follow that monitoring individuals' internet use for illegal downloads is going to stop terrorists. On the whole, I think this campaign by the British Transport Police may have the opposite of the effect intended - the "Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline" is going to be bogged down with reports of copyright violations instead of tips about actual terrorist activities.

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    JMT (profile), 19 Sep 2011 @ 7:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Updated

    "Basic journalism 101 stuff."

    Jeez, do you AC clowns need to have OPINION BLOG explained to you again?

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