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K.T.C. Warning Screen

Warning: On a black background, we see the following text:
WARNING IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
The program portion of this tape has been
coated with a new substance called K.T.C. to
prevent illegal copying. K.T.C. only reacts when
subjected to the magnetic head fluctuation
caused by the record mode. If you have
already started to record this tape, we are
required by law to inform you that the K.T.C.
process may damage your VCR. K.T.C. will
not affect your VCR in the play mode. The tape
coated with K.T.C. does not begin for another
15 seconds. STOP RECORDING NOW.

Thank you for purchasing this video.
Enjoy the show!

After that a second screen appears, consisting of the red word "WARNING" and a countdown starting at 15. When it gets to 1, it cuts to black.

Trivia: The K.T.C. substance on the tape does not exist, as proven in the Oddity Archive episode "Copy Protection Vol. 2".

FX/SFX: The timer counting down on the second screen.

Music/Sounds: A male announcer reads the text, but his voice is sped up to the point where he sounds like the Micro Machines man. He says "STOP RECORDING NOW" with punctuation.

Availability: Seen on a Cat Sitters VHS as well as a Dog Sitters VHS. It may or may not be on some other tapes.

Editor's Note: This warning was lampooned on an episode of RedLetterMedia's "Best of the Worst" for the mere fact it states some non-existent substance may damage the VCR if the tape is copied (although some state it may actually have been done to prevent the user from recording over the original tape), as well as the countdown on the second screen (with no warning text) in which a video effect mimicked an explosion as soon as it ended. The countdown in itself as well as the fast-paced announcer could terrify more than a few due to the nature in how it takes place. What kind of idiot would clam something on the tape would damage the VCR if it doesn't exist?

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