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Pirate Bay Documentary 'TPB AFK' Supported By BBC And Other Media Outlets [VIDEO].

The Pirate Bay is a BitTorrent download site that has become one of many antagonists of the entertainment industry. Illegal downloads and the media's relationship appears to have grown more complex, with BBC and other major media outlets funding the Pirate Bay documentary "TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard."

"TPB AFK explores what the three pirates go through on a personal level during their trial against the media establishment," reads the ( "TPB-AFK" website .

The film was produced independently, and funding came from online donors who managed to pool $25,000 in only three days and $51,400 over the month-long fundraiser, according to ( Torrent Freak . The odd thing about some of the films donors was that that they included the likes of Britain's BBC, Germany's ARTE, Sweden's SVT, Norway's NRK, Denmark's DR and the the Netherlands' VPRO, organizations that make up the "media establishment."

The filmmakers will be attempting to have the documentary picked up by a film festival, and will subsequently make it available for free download online, with a vague 2013 release date.

The 81-minute Swedish film will be directed by Simon Klose announced that the film was complete on Christmas via (!) YouTube . The video explains the unique situation of the film's media backing, boasting the creative commons license that the six major networks have agreed to.

"We are making history here, and I'm just super proud about this thing; I think it's super cool," the "TPA AFK" director says. "It's the progressive way for filmmakers in the digital age, to encourage spreading and sharing of cultural works."

Read the official synopsis of "TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard" below.

"TPB AFK is a documentary about three computer addicts who redefined the world of media distribution with the filesharing network The Pirate Bay. Just how did hacker Gottfrid Svartholm-Warg, Internet activist Peter Sunde and beer aficionado Fredrik Neij cause the White House to threaten the Swedish government with trade sanctions? TPB AFK tells the inside story of how a cluster of hacktivists built the internet's largest filesharing site.

In 2008, the Swedish State Prosecutor and a consortium of intellectual rights holders led by Hollywood's MPA, the music industry's IFPI and the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau prosecuted the Pirate Bay founders for assisting copyright infringement. After a three year long court case they were found guilty and sentenced to prison sentences and to pay $6.6 million in damages.

TPB AFK explores what the three pirates go through on a personal level during their trial against the media establishment."
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:Jan 2, 2013
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