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. 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 filesharing, taking their place in the gradual erosion of our privacy and the bolstering of the surveillance state. 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.
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Seeing this documentary from the perspective of 10 years in the future, this still really resounds with the online pirate community. There is currently a huge following of people that not only are using the technology to ‘pirate’ in the sense that the media wants us to worry about, but also huge amounts of sharing. I’ve found everything in the community from well-respected self-published newspapers and e-books to mix tapes and self-produced movies. It’s amazing to see how the community has grown strong. Yet we’re still fighting this battle, with legislation falling on the wrong side of the coin with things like SOPA in the US and ACTA in the EU. A must-watch for those in the technology age!
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