Steal This Footage
Michelle Thorne, May 26th, 2008
“Remix, Redistribute, Rejoice” reads the emboldening tag line from the footage archive of STEAL THIS FILM II, a documentary that explores shifts in technology, distribution, and creative production. The recently released footage includes three hours of material from eleven interviews, all of which are released for your remixing pleasure under a CC BY-SA license.
Not only are the interviews available in high quality format to users and produsers, but thanks to the help of many volunteers, it is possible to conduct a full text search of the base material, which will guide you to the frame and immediate context of your search term.
STEAL THIS FILM II was released to file-sharing networks last winer after its premiere in Berlin. Since then, it has been subtitled in 19 languages and is estimated to have been viewed by over 4 million people — 150,000 of whom had downloaded the film in the first three days of its release.