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piratingIt looks as though media pirating information is becoming more and more relevant to distribution and content rights holders. We’ve talked before about how Netflix monitors torrent activity to find out what’s popular amongst moviegoers, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had some interesting things to say about how the allure of free movies might be overshadowed by ease of use. An article from The Verge explores yet another dimension of the piracy discourse: availability of content. How does the availability of certain films affect illegal downloading, and how will this change the future of distribution? More »

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NetflixMedia piracy has been a thorny issue ever since the turn of the century. The Information Age giving rise to P2P file sharing services like Napster, LimeWire, and BitTorrent, and gave users instant access to their favorite music and other media for free, challenging the 1998 DMCA. The entertainment industry seems to have largely taken a solid position against piracy, but what if piracy information is used to choose the programming of a paid service? Netflix recently shared that they take this data into account in their content development strategy, adding yet another dimension in the anti/pro piracy debate. More »

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BitTorrent Bundle

BitTorrent, a tech company whose name is commonly and incorrectly associated with pirating, has been running a legitimate business since 2004 with over 2 million pieces of licensed content in the BitTorrent download manager, which serves more than 170 million people monthly. The company is now beginning to launch a new endeavor to empower those in the content creation business. BitTorrent Bundle provide a way for creators large and small to have all the advantages of the peer-to-peer protocol while also maintaining control over their content by creating ‘gates’ that must be unlocked by the consumer. We had a chance to chat with Matt Mason, VP of Marketing at BitTorrent, who is very impassioned about what this new publishing platform could potentially mean for creators. Read on for the interview and get the full scoop: More »

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We recently mentioned the documentary TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay — Away From Keyboard as part of VHX’s drive to make strong independent work available direct-to-audience. TPB AFK is a documentary that follows three Pirate Bay co-founders as they face prosecution for aiding piracy on a massive scale (or, in other words, founding The Pirate Bay). Released for free on BitTorrent as well as on YouTube, the film raises powerful questions about piracy, intellectual property law, and an ungoverned internet, and gives us a glimpse into the lives of a few individuals who created a web portal that is still going strong even today. Given that law is so much slower to change than the internet, is the problem with the pirates, or with anti-piracy laws that may need some updating? Watch the entire 82 minute film below. More »

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Tom Lowe has garnered a tremendous amount of respect and praise for his experimental film TimeScapes, which recently became available for purchase on his site. Tom chose a slightly different distribution plan than many other independent filmmakers. In addition to iTunes, he is offering the film for purchase in Blu-Ray/DVD form, as well as in the form of DRM-free downloads in SD resolutions all the way up to a USB stick with a 4K file of the finished film (the first to offer a film in that resolution). As with any good work, people want to share the film online for free with each other — something Hollywood has fought fiercely. When TimeScapes appeared on The Pirate Bay, Tom responded. More »

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TEDTalks are really a fantastic medium to absorb information, because it forces speakers to choose words carefully and be more expressive in their lectures. We’ve covered some good ones, and even some fake ones, but this TEDTalk from Rob Reid attempts to shine a little light on copyright mathematicians and just how…accurate their information might be. You have to wonder where they get some of these numbers. More »

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As filmmakers, it’s in our best interest to stop online piracy. Our livelihood depends on it. So you would think the Stop Online Piracy Act would be in our best interest. But there’s a reason so many sites are using today as a “SOPA Strike” — it’s all in the execution. And the execution of SOPA and associated bills like the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, have internet experts worried about the future of the internet as an open platform. Here’s Kirby Ferguson with an overview video of what’s at stake: More »

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Today saw the iTunes-exclusive album release of Watch the Throne, a collaboration between rap megastars Kanye West and Jay-Z. What does this have to do with independent filmmaking? Good question. Regardless of what kind of music you listen to, I think there are some lessons to be learned from the career arc of Kanye West, as well as the digital-first distribution strategy the duo employed for today’s album release. Caution: this post is not going to win any awards for organization or brevity. I’m going to ramble on here: More »