Garret the Ferret

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Garret the Ferret, also known as the "Copyright Crusader" or merely the BSA ferret,[1] is a mascot for the Business Software Alliance's anti-software piracy campaign Play It Cyber Safe.


"Play It Cyber Safe" and Garret were created namely in order to encourage children to report software piracy to the BSA; a 2004 contest to name the ferret as one of up to five pre-approved names spurred mostly humorous and deprecatory suggestions from online websites,[2] but the character was used by the BSA in various edutainment games[3] and an anti-piracy comic[4].

It was named by Wired magazine in 2007 as one of the 15 "Lamest Technology Mascots Ever".[5]


  1. Garret the copyright propagandist
  2. Reg readers name BSA antipiracy weasel, by The Register
  3. Cyber Tree House.
  4. Comic (in PDF)
  5. Wired magazine

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