documentary:PIRACY
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   About the Documentary...
Each day, millions of youths from Canada and around the world download music and movies off of the Internet. This epidemic of "unauthorized" downloading has been cited by the record and film industries as being the prime cause for billions in losses. Politicians have come under tremendous pressure to pass legislation on the issue.
But despite all the media frenzy on the piracy crackdowns, there's been very little attention to the topic itself. At the very best, news reporters regurgitated the contents of an industry press release. There was nothing of substance, which is where this documentary fits in: we wanted to cover the issue in-depth. We interviewed industry execs, copyright lawyers, pirates, consumers, artists, and everyone we could think of - and made you this film.


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Latest Update:
The primary means of distributing the film is via our downloads. However, a limited amount of DVDs are being produced. If you're interested, please drop me a line. The cost is $15 per DVD, plus shipping.



In other news, I've been featured in a Globe and Mail article on Bittorrent packet shaping by certain prominent ISPs, and the implications of such technologies on legit content.

Update March 22nd:  Reminded of a famous Doors song...
Well, that first batch of DVDs is out the door - with a few more soon to follow. In other news, I was interviewed tonight by Digital Production Buzz, a great podcast that's all about video production. It was an honour to be on their show, which regularly interviews fascinating people such as Boris Yamnitsky and Stu Maschwitz.

I definitively recommend that you give their podcast a whirl if you maintain any interest in film making!

Update March 8th:  And so it goes...
The Does it take 2 weeks to ship out DVDs to 35 people? When you're me it does. So that's still going on. Meanwhile, the film got a bit of attention through Digg (yay). Due to popular demand, I've also made XViD versions of the film. Mind you, they lack the sexy menus and extras of the DVD. Nevertheless, it comes in at a measily 1.4GB, vs. the DVD's 4.5GB.

You can download the XViD Version here:
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3634649

Update February 24th:  Shipping...
Starting Monday, I'll be shipping out the DVDs to the interviewees. From there on in, it'll be the festivals for this documentary. You can now watch a streaming version the film online as well, just check in the Downloads section. That said, if you don't download the DVD, you'll be missing out on a lot. Including:

...A cool opening menu: (A 4 minute smoothly scrolling slideshow)


...Director's Commentary:


...Chapters:


...High-Resolution Footage:


...Easter Eggs:

You might notice that there's problems with the audio at bits. The microphone failed during one of my trips, the backup mic (a PDA) froze... it was hell. I'd like to extend my warmest thanks to Jason Scott and all those who tried to help me out. Also my thanks to those who had offered to sub this, and the many more who supported me throughout the production. There really were times where I felt like giving up.

Update February 22nd:  Finished!
The documentary is finished. Finito. Completo. The DVD is ready. Now it's just a matter of getting it out there, to both the interviewees and the online community. I'll be uploading the episodes to Google Video over the following days, and shipping the DVDs out to the respective parties. I've done a minor edit to Part 1 since it was uploaded last month. Those changes are incorporated into the DVD. Oh, and there's an easter egg in there too. Try to find it ;-)

You can download the DVD ISO here:
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3624850



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