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Video Buff hearts VHS Piracy Warning

The VHS may no longer be around, but the classic message stands strong.

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Many Australians over the age of 30 (pushing it at 25) will understand the annoyance of having to buy or rent a movie through the technology of VHS, and having to fast-forward through the trailers to get to the actual viewing footage at hand.

Depending on the era, the main feature had a combination of ratings advices and anti-piracy messages which would take up a minute of your time. But there was one anti-piracy message that would capture the viewer because of its effect:

  • A readable message “Have You Got What You Paid For?” flashes when fast-forwarded
  • An iconic voiceover

The message I refer to is this one, voiced by veteran Voiceover Artist Steve Britten.

While these messages are no longer on any modern home media distribution, this message still holds a soft spot in many Australians, as demonstrated by “Jenette”, a customer of DVD rental store Network Video Mt Hawthorn – which itself is amazing as stores like these are diminishing.

Well done “Jenette”! Now, play a guitar cover of the ‘Piracy It’s A Crime’.

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