Steal this film Part 1 + 2
Jamie King | Sweden | 2007 | 76 mins | TBA
Steal This Film is a two-part series that documents the movement against the monopoly and control of copyright and intellectual property. It speaks of the inherent need that culture must be shared.
Part One (32 mins), shot in Sweden and released in August 2006 only via BitTorrent peer-to-peer websites, combines accounts from prominent players in the Swedish piracy culture such as The Pirate Bay, an internet site that proclaims itself as the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, interviews with Hollywood players, anti-piracy agencies, Swedish politicians as well as street interviews. It argues that using Bittorrent file-sharing websites to download music, books and films is a fundamental technical revolution in the distribution of media, and also a cultural and social revolution in the way people access media.
Part Two (44 mins), produced during 2007, was officially released on file sharing networks in December 2007 and was downloaded 150,000 times in the first three days of distribution. It covers the technological and enforcement end of the copyright wars. It explores the war on copying and downloading, arguing that this war will ultimately evolve into a war on the common internet user.
According to the filmmakers, “the battles between old and new modes of distribution, between the pirate and the institution of copyright, seem to be already lost and won. We know who the victors are. Why then say any more?
Because waves of repression continue to come: lawsuits are still levied against innocent people; arrests are still made on flimsy pretexts, in order to terrify and confuse; harsh laws are still enacted against file-sharing, taking their place in the gradual erosion of our privacy and the bolstering of the surveillance state.”
Steal this film 1 and 2 offers a new perspective on intellectual property and the future of distribution, production and creativity. In our current times where social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and the ubiquitous Youtube are an essential part of our daily lives, this film is especially relevant. As Mark Getty, son of oil billionaire, Paul Getty once said: "Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century”.
This film is free to be shown.
Download at www.stealthisfilm.com
|28 March | 21:15:00 | Goethe-Institut