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An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.


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Steal This Film is part one of a series, documenting the movement against intellectual property produced by The League of Noble Peers and released via the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol.

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Complete credited cast:
Gottfrid Svartholm ...
Peter Sunde ...
Fredrik Neij ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Althin ...
Himself - Peter's Lawyer
Anna ...
Herself - Video Blogger
Fanny ...
Herself - Gottfrid's Friend
Carl Lundström ...
Himself - Fredrik's former employer, the 4th defendant
Jonas Nilsson ...
Himself - Fredrik's Lawyer
Tomas Norström ...
Himself - District Court Judge
Henrik Pontén ...
Himself - The Anti-Piracy Bureau
Rasmus ...
Himself - The Pirate Bureau
André Rickardsson ...
Himself - Ex-SAPO / Swedish Security Service agent & IT expert
Håkan Roswall ...
Himself - State Prosecutor
Ola Salomonsson ...
Himself - Gottfrid's Lawyer
Per E. Samuelsson ...
Himself - Lundström's Lawyer


An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

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The Pirate Bay documentary began as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project in 2010, and was uploaded to all of the main torrenting websites (including The Pirate Bay) upon launch of the film. See more »


Professor Roger Wallis: I support copyright, but only if it has a function of encouraging creativity, or economic incitement, or is an incentive to create. Not the way copyright is developing now, as a huge control mechanism for people who sit on large swathes of rights.
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An intriguing perspective on the fiasco that is copyright law
9 February 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this documentary because the people being filmed were the ones who told the story. There was no narration, no script, just the wit, humor, and emotion of those involved with the case

For me, the main message this documentary portrays is the absolute inability of the legal systems and the content industries themselves to see what the world is demanding right now, at this very point in time. The way the world wants, and is, consuming content is far different to how the major studios want the world to consume content. It is blindingly obvious, and it is at their peril that they continue to ignore what the world wants.

If I'm honest, the founders of The Pirate Bay are a bit loony - the documentary doesn't try to disguise this at all, but I have nothing but the utmost respect for them as people, for what they have been through, what they will continue to go through, but most importantly, for what they stand for. My life is far more enriched and satisfying because these three guys had the guts to stand up on behalf of the world.

The 20th Century has been and gone. Now it's the 21st Century. It's time to see some 21st Century thinking, ideas, business models, and solutions from the content industry to give the world what it wants. However it seems like it's up to the rest of the world to force their hand by costing them more and more money through piracy. Maybe when their earnings actually do start to drop - and we see some proof of that drop - then things will change

Time will tell. Maybe a good first step would be for 20th Century Fox to change its name to 21st Century Fox. It lessens that stone age first impression that you get when you hear the name

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