League of Noble Peers: Steal This Film (2006-2007)

Part 1

Part 2

A nous la liberté!

In 2006, a group of friends decided to make a film about filesharing that *we* would recognise. There have been a few documentaries by ‘old media’ crews who don’t understand the net and see peer-to-peer organisation as a threat to their livelihoods. They have no reason to represent the filesharing movement positively, and no capacity to represent it lucidly.

We wanted to make a film that would explore this huge popular movement in a way that excited us, engaged us, and most importantly, focussed on what we know to be the positive and optimistic vision many filesharers and artists (they are often one) have for the future of creativity.

The result is Steal This Film, part 1, documenting the movement against intellectual property, focussing amongst others on the prominent players in the Swedish piracy culture: The Pirate Bay, Piratbyran, and the Pirate Party.

Steal This Film, part 2 delves into the history of the control of information and draws parallels between the impact of the printing press and the internet in terms of making information accessible beyond a privileged group or “controllers”.

Steal This Film was released via BitTorrent under a Creative Commons licentie.

Steal This Film, part 1 & 2
documentaire, 2006/2007, 32 min. en 44 min.
prod.: The League of Noble Peers