“Who profits from online piracy?” (permalinked “Hello world”), this question is asked by Ellen Seidler, a young filmmaker who has co-produced the film And then came Lola. She also produced this film showing ad-filled pages being used to make profit from illegally sharing pirated films – people making money from her and others’ hard work:
This is of course bad. Unfortunately I found no way whatsoever of contacting her through the blog. Neither comments nor a contact field. This is however common with antipiracy spokespeople, considering how everytime they say something the internet sets out to prove them wrong.
Had I been able to contact Ellen Seidler in any way (heck even YouTube comments are disabled), I would have told her about the benefits of sharing culture. That money cannot be made from “protecting” media and that the world is changing. And that this is a good thing. People who speak this issue much better than me are Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow, to name only two of the world’s plentitude of free culture promoters.
There are quick solutions to stop ad-infested websites from making money. This includes just-about-any-newspaper and film-distributing, as Ellen calls them, “cyberlocker sites”:
- Solution #1: Adblock Plus for Firefox (or similar adblocking software). It’ll remove just about all annoying, invasive and illegal funding activity.
- Solution #2: Distribute the film without “cyberlocker sites” – use The Pirate Bay (or any other BitTorrent tracker). This way you can distribute a torrent any way you like – and use the free, decentralised peer-to-peer backend.
Using either (or both) of these methods will distribute the film at the same time as making it harder for sites to make money from illegal downloads. Better yet, it also (given we have a free, neutral internet) makes it harder for illegal markets to sell pirate DVDs. This because fan-subbed material for those who want subtitling in “other” languages usually (as with anyone) prefer the internet rather than pieces of plastic (DVD/Blu-ray).
Sharing content makes sure only the original, credited film distributor has the rights, and chance, to make money from the produced film. While at the same time building a world-wide fanbase who gladly support future film-making! Might just be me, but this seems a lot better than suing and threatening fans…
By the way, here’s an ad-free, totally uncommercial BitTorrent file linking you to a huge swarm of dedicated fans who give up their broadband connections to distribute Ellen Seidler’s movie “And Then Came Lola”: And.Then.Came.Lola.2009.DVDRip.XviD-VoMiT.torrent