Feel Free to Download "Don't Download This Song"

9/17/2006 10:00 AM PDT
"Weird Al'" Yankovic is taking a swipe at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and their tough stance on music downloading in his new song, ironically titled, "Don't Download This Song" -- which can be download from his MySpace page.

In it, Yankovic implores young people not to visit file sharing sites because it can lead to worse crimes down the road:

"'Cause you start out stealing songs and then you're robbing liquor stores,
and sellin' crack and runnin' over school kids with your car."


The animated music video depicts a young child being sent to jail, and then escaping, after being busted by the RIAA for downloading music:

"It doesn't matter if you're a grandma or a 7-year-old girl.
They'll treat you like the evil, hard-bitten, criminal scum you are."


The song even pokes fun at the artists who campaign against file sharing:

"Don't take away money from artists just like me.
How else can I afford another solid gold Hum-Vee,
and diamond-studded swimming pools?
These things don't grow on trees."


Yankovic's new album, "Straight Outta Lynwood," hits stores September 26.