Steal This Film is a free film about oppressive copyright. You can download it in numerous formats via bit torrent. As say in their pitch...
These are strange times indeed. While they continue to command so much attention in the mainstream media, the 'battles' between old and new modes of distribution, between the pirate and the institution of copyright, seem to many of us already lost and won. We know who the victors are.
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.
Of note is the fact that the guys behind the film accept donations. They say however that they did not cover the costs for Steal This Film 1. The film had an estimated 2.5m views.
In a similar attack on the standard business models comes Sam Jackson's Video Diary. It's a kind of a thriller and is being offered on a pay-what-you like model - similar to Radiohead's last album. Radiohead of course had a large following. It will be interesting to follow this film's progress.
They claim to be the World's first - but like a lot of these things it is hard to define the difference between the funding idea of these two films.
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