So the copyright wars have come to this: Incensed over rampant online file sharing, some of the largest software and media companies show how copyright violations can get you brutalized in jail. Subtle.
Also, the kid's poor mom is run down by police and hauled off to jail. The video, posted to YouTube, is so over the top we thought it might be a parody, until we saw it touted on the website of its purported author, the Software & Information Industry Association.
SIIA members include old-media firms like Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters and McGraw Hill and software companies like Adobe and Oracle. We couldn't find Microsoft listed as a member, but we're starting to suspect SIIA pirated a page out of the company's hapless advertising playbook.
Highlights above; full video below.