I feel like a bit of an idiot only finding out about “Steal This Film” now. The second installment has just been released on the net for (obviously) free download. The motto: Share the movie and copy it everywhere! The documentary made by the League of Noble Peers started as a group of friends wanting to make a documentary about file-sharing and the culture surrounding it. Part one deals with Bit-torrent and the attempt from the corporate world to close down this trend.
The film is notable for its critical analysis of an alleged regulatory capture attempt performed by the Hollywood film lobby to leverage economic sanctions by the United States government on Sweden through the WTO. Alleged aims included the application of pressure to Swedish police into conducting a search and seizure against Swedish law for the purpose of disrupting The Pirate Bay’s BitTorrent tracker.
Part 2 is about the technology and the culture of our download society. By peering into who is involved in the copyright wars it makes clear what the war is about. Trust me, its not about feeding the artists….
All of this is intended to destroy or delay inexorable changes in what it means to create and exchange our creations. If STEAL THIS FILM II proves at all useful in bringing new people into the leagues of those now prepared to think ‘after intellectual property’, think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity, we have achieved our main goal.
I watched “Who killed the electric car” last night and it seems many themes converge. Basically that the large corporate world will delay change for as long as present models are making profit. It makes sense and is the realty of being a corporate. However how can the whole corporate world/generation call a whole other generation criminals? It seems a little extreme…Surely there must be some give and take when it comes to creating culture. Alas.
So for your pleasure, here is the link to Steal This Film 2
If you are looking to find Steal this film part 1, I suggest using Bit-Torrents to find it. If you don’t know anything about Bit-Torrents its time you learn….
Also, I really liked the FAQ section of STF website so here it is
Q. Why is your film copyrighted?
A. So that you can steal it. Of course there’s more to say about this, but we’re sure you can figure it out.
Q. How many downloads have you had of STEAL THIS FILM?
A. Someone recently told us 5 million, which was nice to imagine, but we put the number closer to 2.7m. We’re not sure how many viewers there are for each download, or how many people redistribute STEAL THIS FILM using disks and local networks. But we estimate conservatively at 1.2 distributions for each download and 1.5 viewers for each copy, so…
Q. How many people have seen STEAL THIS FILM?
A. About 4.86m, which is about 48.6 times as many as we ever imagined.
Q. Where do you get these numbers from?
A. We obtain these figures from looking at torrent downloads from the major Bittorrent tracker at The Pirate Bay, and our own logs. (Although our own server is not, by far, the most popular place to obtain the torrents from.)
Q. Did you make a lot of money out of STEAL THIS FILM I?
A. No. To be honest we didn’t even make enough to make STEAL THIS FILM II, but here’s hoping for the future!
Q. I want to show STF (1 or 2) at my film festival: can you send me a DVD / Beta Tape / Laserdisc / VHS / 12” record….
A. We’d really, really, rather not. It’s not that we don’t respect your festival, and we WOULD love it if you show the film, and it’s not that we think we’re special, and and we really appreciate your attention. It’s just that we don’t have an office, and we don’t have a Beta deck, and you CAN just download the film from our site and it is IS HD quality and really, isn’t it TIME you learned how to use Bittorrent anyway?
Q. I want to buy (STF I or STF II) for something. Do you own it?
STF II is completely ‘cleared’ and you can buy it for any territory. STF I is a different kettle of fish, it’s not at all cleared and you probably don’t want to have anything to do with it.
Q. Do you have a sales agent?
A. We’re currently negotiating with a sales agent, more on that soon.
Q. What’s in the surprise gift-pack?
A. It’s a surprise.