Remember that series of commercials that ran before movies proclaiming, “You wouldn’t steal a handbag”, etc. and then likening film piracy to petty theft commenting, “Piracy: it’s a crime”?
Set aside for a minute that big media tries to prosecute piracy not as petty theft, but as grand corporate-scale million-dollar infringements, and has graciously paid politicians millions in “contributions” to “see the light”. At least big media is consistent, right?
The makers of the anti-piracy ad approached independent musician Melchior Rietveldt asking him to make music for an advertisement that would exclusively be used at a local film festival.
It turns out the big media heads liked Mr. Rietveldt’s work so much they stole it, putting it in over 71 DVDs and pre-movie ads in dozens of regions, including the U.S. Mr. Rietveldt never received any compensation and was unaware of this wanton infringement until he watched a DVD copy of one of the Harry Potter movies and was shocked to hear the track he composed.