Steal This Film (2006) 

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In April 2012, UK courts ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, six years after the first internationally motivated attack on the site. Dangling at the end of a chain of alleged political corruption resulting in a Swedish Police raid on The Pirate Bay, the event became the subject of one of the most shared documentaries on the internet – Steal This Film.

Produced in 2006, Steal This Film Part One takes account of the prominent players in Swedish piracy culture at the time: The Pirate Bay, Piratbyrån, and the Pirate Party, investigating the alleged regulatory capture performed by the Hollywood film industry to leverage economic sanctions by the US government on Sweden through the WTO. As told in Steal This Film Part One, the US government allegedly pressurized the Swedish police into conducting a search and seizure against Swedish law for the purpose of disrupting The Pirate Bay’s BitTorrent tracker.

In Steal This Film Part One the filmmakers are inspired by the battle between old and new modes of distribution, between pirate sites and the institution of copyright. The documentary highlights issues surrounding todays harsh intellectual property laws, including the levying of lawsuits against innocent people, arrests made on flimsy pretexts, the gradual erosion of our privacy and bolstering of the surveillance state. The film argues these laws serve the sole purpose of destroying or delaying changes in what it means to create and exchange our creations.

Steal This Film Part One was followed by Parts 2 and 2.5 to form a series examining the nature of P2P culture and the implications of authoritarian attempts to control it. BitTorrent downloads alone have been estimated to comprise a reach for the series in excess of 10 million people.

If Steal This Film encourages people to think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity, we have achieved our main goal.
The League of Noble Peers

An interesting and inspiring movie about The Pirate Bay – the biggest BitTorrent file sharing website in the world.
Open Business Website

At heart a traditionally-structured talking heads documentary with amusing stylings from film-makers who practice what they preach.
The Guardian

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on July 04, 2013 at 8:28am



on January 28, 2013 at 3:28am

it was a decent show. I just started using torrent streamer so i'm not sure if that was part of the problem but the audio was cutting out in the matrix clip. I feel like it was poorly edited and didn't really bring up any points anybody in the torrent community didn't already know. so if you have been torrenting for awhile there is no need to watch this but if you're interested in hearing what the piratebay founders have to say about these issues go ahead and watch. personally I would not watch it again or recommend it to anyone I know.


on May 11, 2012 at 11:07pm

Interesting and well-done documentary... it's nice to see a perspective from the people involved.

Some people say we don't need Hollywood because we can pirate their material... but I say we don't need Hollywood because there are non-abusive, quality alternatives TODAY.

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