PSA Sunday: Jack Black Says, “Don’t Be a Douche. Stop Piracy.”

     January 22, 2012

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In the wake of SOPA/PIPA legislation and the resulting fallout, we thought we’d bring you a celebrity anti-piracy PSA today. If you haven’t heard about SOPA/PIPA before, they’re bills from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate respectively that seek to prevent copyright infringement on websites (you can read more about them here). Although they are intended to protect artists, musicians, etc from unlawful distribution of their material, many have protested certain specifics in the legislation that could potentially limit freedom of speech and impinge on individual rights. Protesters were more than just sign-wavers as websites like Google, Wikipedia and popular comics site, The Oatmeal, all blacked-out their pages in response to the pending legislation. Things got even uglier after that, but it’s lucky for everyone that Jack Black is here to smooth everything over. Hit the jump to check out his anti-piracy PSA.

google-blackoutAlthough legislators took notice of the protests of SOPA/PIPA bills and began to backpedal, the very next day the FBI and U.S. Justice Department took down overseas content-sharing site, MegaUpload. Apparently the feds hadn’t been taking the protests as seriously as we thought. Enter hacktivist group Anonymous, who attacked websites for the U.S. Copyright office, Justice Department, the FBI, Universal Music, the Records Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Needless to say, this got everyone’s attention. But let’s just chill out, everybody. Jack Black is here to handle the situation in a way that only Jack Black can. Check out his anti-piracy PSA below. You can watch all our previous PSAs here.

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