The music industry has a history of creating universal warning symbols designed to keep the public from doing stuff of which it disapproves.
Here are a couple of oldies but goodies.
In the wake of the release of the Sony Walkman in 1979, the music industry became very concerned that people were making mixtapes. Its position was “If you want to listen to music on cassette, then dammit, buy the cassette. Don’t just tape your album onto a blank tape.”
Music consumers just laughed, of course. Even some artists hit back.
This sticker started showing up on albums in 1990 after Tipper Gore’s group of busybody Washington wives formed the PMRC: the Parents Music Resource Centre. Their goal was to warn parents about music that should be kept away from their children. They even published this hit list.
Naturally, this only made records with this sticker more desirable.
The newest warning label comes from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. It’s designed to warn people about music piracy.
At this point, the new icon is just a proposal but UNLV is hoping that it might be adopted by the music industry at large. Details here.