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With up to 22m users of Kodi Addons, it's certainly becoming a force in pirate distribution of content - some would say a new superpower. The latest episode of STEAL THIS SHOW brings us an anonymous interview with 'Eleazar,' one of the people behind the fantastically popular platform. After a news roundup (notes on the Trump Election | TED using DMCA to censor critics | Kickass Torrents trial) the episode explores how Kodi and Kodi Addons works. We discuss why the pirate community hates Kodi Addons and their struggle to eliminate commercial piracy on the platform, what the most popular plugins for Kodi are, and why it's not (at all) like Popcorn Time. We also hear about how British pirates are selling their satellite and cable TV streams online and the similarities with the Cable Wallahs of India. Eleazar also has some hot tips for the best Kodi hardware out there! A transcript for this show is available here.  

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Siraje Amarniss


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In this episode we meet Mike Bonanno, aka Igor Vamos, one half of the dynamic, culture jamming activist duo The Yes Men. To date, they've produced three films: The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). In these films, they impersonate entities that they dislike, a practice that they call "identity correction". In reality The Yes Men are maybe the original mass media trolls,  having successfully flummoxed the BBC, Chamber of Commerce, and even George W. Bush. But it's trickery for good causes, from raising awareness around the Bhopals disaster to global warming. After a news roundup from Jamie (AT&T/Time Warner merger, Pirate Party showing in Iceland elections, and copyright lobbies going after core Internet infrastructure) the episode explores the increasing power of media activists and the capacity figures like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have to affect the political stage. It's a  bumper episode of STEAL THIS SHOW, weighing in at about 1hr 15mins. Some fun topics:
  • The origins of The Yes Men in a bizarre, pornographic, surrealist piece of videogame sabotage;
  • The Yes Men's dubious claim to be the internet's Original Trolls.;
  • Trolling George W. Bush as a claim to fame;
  • How to knock billions of dollars off  Fortune 100 company;
  • The perils of liberating porn, and why you just do not (ahem) fuck with Big Porno;
  • What it's like to visit Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
   

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Siraje Amarniss


Presented by TorrentFreak | Sponsored by  Private Internet Access

Executive Producers: Mark Zapalac

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