In this first episode of our new season, we interview Tamas Kocsis, founder and developer of the potentially revolutionary P2P platform, Zeronet. While it's a relatively new project with just a few thousand users, we love Zeronet: it gives us the ability to develop completely distributed websites, invulnerable to censorship of any kind. With Tor anonymity baked in, at least on the Windows version, that creates a very powerful environment for free expression. Tamas talks us through the history of the platform, some of the features he's working on at the moment, and his plans to add a BitTorrent plugin that may be able to provide distributed, anonymous video streaming - sounds like a new headache for Hollywood just around the corner. But Zeronet isn't just a about torrents: we also hear from Tamas how it can be used right now to set up anonymous messaging, forums, marketplaces, and more. Zeronet has the potential to be the platform that finally moves us past the constant "whack-a-mole" game being played between torrent sites and Big Entertainment. With Kickass Torrents and YIFY both having succumbed recently, and calls from TPB's Peter Sunde for more innovation from the P2P world, perhaps Zeronet is a project whose time has come.
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Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Siraje Amarniss


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This episode of STEAL THIS SHOW is the last in Season One, Distribution On The Edge. Our next season will broaden its focus to look at how P2P is changing everything from media to money, and beyond.

Trevor Haldenby is the founder of The Mission Business, 'a boutique consultancy from the future' that helps organizations tell stories about their plans for tomorrow. Amongst others he's worked with Ubisoft, Habbo, and Autodesk.

We caught up with Trevor in his homebase of Toronto, Canada to hang out, cut loose and discuss wide-ranging issues such as: why fake pirated movies are annoying the MPAA, "Swedeing" films for fun and profit, how to run a phishing scam targeting Game Of Throne downloaders, professionally ignoring piracy fines, the history of the 911 scam, BiTorrent's 15th anniversary, and more!

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The alleged owner of KickassTorrents was arrested last week, to be extradited from Poland to the United States. The site - at least the original version - remains offline. In this episode of STEAL THIS SHOW, we invite Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Andrew Norton, chairman of the US Pirate Party, and Gary Fung, founder of Isohunt, to discuss this critical event, its significance for the torrent community, and implications for the world of P2P. We discuss the propriety of extraordinary rendition for copyright crime, the question of how much money pirates are really making, and how the anti-P2P agenda is leading to further decentralisation. Kickass Torrents, we learn, is just one head of the many-headed hydra.

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European Regulators are about to decide whether to give big telecoms corporations the power to influence what we can (and can’t) do online. In this emergency episode of STEAL THIS SHOW, Thomas Lohninger of Save The Internet and Holmes Wilson of Fight For The Future explain how practices like traffic management, zero rating and specialised services threaten P2P, VPNs and, more generally, our access to a free and open internet. Click here to have your voice heard before it's too late!

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

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Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


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In this episode Brian Newman, CEO of SubGenre, discusses entertainment artists against the DMCA, British Lords against copyright trolls, and Dutch film producers suing ISPS. Brian brings fresh perspective on the question of whether piracy's really hurting indie film producers – and argues that piracy may not be a failure of morality, but of business.

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In this special episode Rick Falkvinge, founder of The Pirate Party, talks about the origins of the party, its relationship to The Pirate Bay and Pirate Bureau, his experience of taking it to the European Parliament, and the party's relation to questions of privacy and surveillance looming ever larger in today's society. Should the Pirate Party really be called the Private Party? No, says Rick, it's evolving into the natural home of citizens' rights for digital freedom – and that's just fine for pirates.

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In this episode Natan Edelsburg and Minda Smiley, executive editor and reporter at media and advertising platform The Drum respectively, reflect on the future of Over The Top TV. We discuss how streaming services could ignite a new piracy war, Hulu's use of pirate data to decide what content to acquire, and how new moves from the FCC could land Popcorn Time on set top boxes in the US. Finally we eye a potentially unruly future for Over The Top, with the appearance of generic android-based hardware and easy-to-use, renegade services like Kodi and Viper Media. How will content producers and advertisers adapt? Listen out for the (actual) tweeting birds of Southern Spain in this episode - the show was recorded from our host's holiday location.

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Original Music by  David Triana

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This special episode of STEAL THIS SHOW features Benji Rogers of the direct-to-fan music platform, PledgeMusic. As we find out, Benji's an independent musician who founded his platform to offer artists a unique way to engage their fans and super fans, resulting in chart topping albums worldwide. In 2013, Benji was recognized on Billboard’s 40 Under 40 Power Players list and in 2014 at the MUSEXPO International Music Awards, he won Digital Executive of the Year. We discuss how Benji's early days with his band produced the idea for PledgeMusic; just how broken the traditional copyright system is for musicians; and Benji's big idea: to push music rights into the blockchain, creating a "Fair Trade" for musicians!

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Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


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Featuring Ashwin Navin and Dave Harrison. Ashwin was one of the founders of BitTorrent Inc., and is now CEO of Samba TV; Dave was one of the inventors of BitTorrent streaming and is Samba's CTO. We discuss Screening Room, the founder of Napster's plan to bring movies to your living room on release day; the BPI's prodigious anti-piracy efforts and why the future may doom them to failure; and the ongoing war between Google and the MPAA. Finally, Ashwin and Dave share what they've learned since the early days of BitTorrent, hint at where things are headed in the world of online TV, point to a couple of interesting developments in the P2P world, and wonder if maybe free is not the future, after all.

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Original Music by  David Triana

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Featuring Mike Masnick – CEO & Editor of Techdirt, and Evan Engstrom, Executive Director of Engine.  After discussing the extraordinary growth of academic filesharing site SciHub, the new Zeronet distributed torrent application Play, and yet another comeback from Popcorn Time, we talk about the plague of DMCA takedown notices afflicting YouTube creators, and why the law might not survive the acceleration of the digital media landscape... in its present form.

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Edited & Mixed by  Eric Bouthiller

Original Music by  David Triana

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