Anonymous donors bring Hollywood production values to anti-MPAA video
Video has been featured on the Pirate Bay, generating 10 million views.
by Timothy B. Lee – Aug 8 2012, 9:10pm EDT
“A video accusing the American government of selling out to Hollywood has made a splash after being featured on the front page of the Pirate Bay, where it has garnered over 10 million views. Anti-Hollywood sentiment is nothing new, especially on The Pirate Bay, but what sets this video apart is its top-notch—one might even say Hollywood-caliber—production values.
On Wednesday, Ars talked to an individual behind the video. He said he and a friend paid for the video out of their own pockets. They are hoping to “raise awareness” of what they view as America’s repressive copyright policies.
The video has three scenes. In the first, the “American Motion Picture Association” announces it has hired “Senator Chris Rodd”—clearly references to the MPAA and its chairman, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)—to represent Hollywood. In the second scene, police carry out a military-style raid on a London home. The final scene takes place in an “undisclosed location.” The kid arrested in London is now in chains, wearing an orange jumpsuit and a hood over his head. The young soldier guarding the prisoner asks an older American in a suit what the suspect did, and looks incredulous when he’s told that he’s been arrested for copyright infringement.”