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I haven't stolen anything, leave me alone

I'm getting really annoyed by that advert that appears at the beginning of every DVD I buy. You almost certainly know the one I mean.

I'm getting really annoyed by that advert that appears at the beginning of every DVD I buy. You almost certainly know the one I mean, it goes something like this:

Shady looking bloke steals a car
Message appears 'You wouldn't steal a car'
Shady looking bloke steals a handbag
Message appears 'You wouldn't steal a handbag'
Shady looking bloke steals mobile phone
Message appears 'You wouldn't steal a mobile phone'

Then some message appears that says 'downloading movies is theft, and theft is a crime'.

When I say you know the one I mean, what I mean is, you know the one I mean if you obey the 'law' and buy DVDs. If you 'nick' them off the Web, you'll never have seen it. And therein lies the problem.

Those of us that pay for our DVDs have to sit through this wretched lecture about how we shouldn't steal movies, when to all but the very most stupid people in the world it's obvious we've actually bought the DVD. Meanwhile, every 16-year-old kid on the planet has been spared this patronising, irritating waste of time by downloading the film off the Internet.

Can anyone tell me what this message is suppose to achieve? Apart from raise my blood pressure, which it does very well.