"Don't Copy That Floppy" Dusts Itself Off for the '00s

Published on September 8, 2009
by Andrew LaVallee

Remember “Don’t Copy That Floppy,” the anti-software-piracy video that warned ’90s-era kids away from copyright infringement?

The nearly 10-minute clip features two classroom gamers who flirt with making a duplicate disk so they can continue playing after school. A rapper appears onscreen and tells them the error of their ways.

“Don’t Copy That Floppy’s” aesthetic–think “Saved By the Bell” –and bubblegum hip-hop track ensured that it would be on YouTube when such a thing came into existence more than a decade later. The official original video has gotten more than 50,000 hits, and it’s spawned a remix and spoofs such as “Don’t Copy That Spaghetti” and “Don’t Copy That Dinner.”

Now its creator, the Software & Information Industry Association, is reviving the campaign for the Internet era, and plans to launch “Don’t Copy That 2” on Wednesday.

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