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You Wouldn't Steal a Car

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"You Wouldn't Steal a Car" is the first sentence of a public service announcement which is part of the 2000s anti-copyright infringement campaign "Piracy. It's a crime." It was created by the Federation Against Copyright Theft and the Motion Picture Association of America in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore in July 2004,[1][2] and appeared on many commercial DVDs as either a skippable or unskippable clip before a film is shown. Despite being also produced by the MPAA, it was more prevalent outside of America.

It shows a man committing theft of various objects, and compares these crimes with the unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyrighted materials, such as films.[3][4]

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In popular culture

The advertisement has been parodied in Internet memes, including those using the phrase "You wouldn't download a car."[5][6]

The IT Crowd episode "Moss and the German" spoofed this advertisement near the start of the episode.

In an episode of The Amazing World Of Gumball, entitled "The DVD", Darwin conveys the information to Gumball after he was about to download a movie named Alligators on a Train. The Greens-European Free Alliance, in association with Rafilm, released their own version of the film to oppose the media industry and government views on existing copyright laws, as well as to educate the public on alternative views about intellectual property.[7][8]

The Juice Media produced a controversial parody of this video for Australia Day in 2017. The video compared the celebration of Australia Day, which marks the arrival of the First Fleet, to a number of infamous events in history. The events depicted include Nazis' "Final Solution", dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Sep 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "Be HIP at the Movies". Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. July 27, 2004. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Finlo Rohrer (June 18, 2009). "Getting inside a downloader's head". BBC. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Sophia Harris (March 28, 2017). "Netflix's anti-piracy team aims to make stealing content uncool - Business - CBC News". Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Poon, Christopher. "'You wouldn't steal a car,' but I'd download one | Dot Comrade | Pique Newsmagazine | Whistler, CANADA". Pique Newsmagazine. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "DRM for furniture: You wouldn't download a chair". March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Piracy, It's a Crime". Know Your Meme. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "I would't steal". The Greens-European Free Alliance. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "I wouldn't steal <video>". The Greens-Eurpean Free Alliance. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  9. ^ thejuicemedia (January 24, 2017), Australia Day (Piracy parody), retrieved June 17, 2018
  10. ^ "This Video Compares Australian Settlement To 9/11, Hiroshima And The Holocaust". BuzzFeed. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
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