STEAL THIS SHOW brings you stories from the frontier of the information revolution. From pirates and renegade technologists to media radicals and DIY creators, we connect with people using technology to put power back where it belongs -- in the hands of the people! Our Patreon campaign helps keep the show free and independent. If you enjoy this episode, get involved! Our patrons get access to an exclusive Slack channel, uncut interviews, and more.
In this first episode of the new season, we meet the irrepressible Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director of The Toxic Avenger. Find out why Lloyd loves pirates - except state-sponsored ones; why vertical integration, media consolidation and the end of Net Neutrality would kill Troma; and why Lloyd is skeptical that crowdfunding systems like Patreon have a role in crowdfunding independent movies. Check out Lloyd's movies on his YouTube channel!
Lloyd Kaufman is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of the Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet. Lloyd is also the creator of the Make Your Own Damn Movie! series. Having completed Make Your Own Damn Movie!, Direct Your Own Damn Movie! and Produce Your Own Damn Movie!, he is now working on Sell Your Own Damn Movie!.

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The Grey Lodge was an underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month in their quest to uncover the esoteric, strange and the downright weird. In this episode we hear from Joe Matheny, one of the founders of the site, about how it kicked off in the very early days of BitTorrent, online culture in the early days of the Internet, proto-copyright trolls, how even weirdos eventually get pursued by the MPAA, and how the demise of indie trackers from Grey Lodge to What.CD mean a net loss for our culture. Coming soon: the second part of this interview, in which Joe discusses his work as an early creator of "this is not a game" ARG experiences and his well-known work Ong's Hat, The Incunabula Papers. We'll be making that available for supporters on the Patreon (and maybe more widely) in due course. In the meantime, if you're curious to take a look at some of Joe's work, he's been kind enough to give us a free pack including Ong's Hat and some samples from his ARG! Enjoy.

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Jim Munroe is a Canadian science fiction author, film director and games designer. He publishes his work independently under the imprint No Media Kings. Jim was managing editor at the magazine Adbusters in the 1990s, before publishing his debut novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask in 1999. The novel was put out by HarperCollins, a major publishing company owned by Rupert Murdoch, and though the book was successful, Munroe so disliked the experience that he launched No Media Kings as a venue for publishing and promoting his own works independently, and a guide to self-publishing for other prospective writers. Join us as we discuss why an ex-Sony exec loves piracy, and if that marks the end of the cool pirate; why Millennials won't pay for content or watch adverts, and how to make them love creators; and how your operating system can be used to operate YOU - and not just by stopping you from pirating. Finally Jim discusses his new interactive fiction creation software Texture (try it! it's free!), and his virtual reality sci-fi series Haphead, and offers some great tips for creators looking to keep their heads in our dirty, digital world.

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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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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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This special episode features Lance Weiler – writer, director & experience designer. Lance is creator of movies The Last Broadcast(1998) and Head Trauma (2005). WIRED magazine named him 'one of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood.' With writing partner Chuck Wendig, his work on Collapsus - an energy risk conspiracy - received a International Emmy nomination for best Digital Fiction in 2011. His newest projects are an immersive storytelling / play experience entitled Body/Mind/Change in collaboration with David Cronenberg, and Sherlock Holmes And The Internet Of Things, an ongoing prototype developed and run by the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, exploring new forms and functions of story. As well as zooming through Lance's career, Jamie and Lance discuss how digital distribution revolutionised indie filmmaking, while filmmakers resisted it; how Lance sees piracy as a positive; the challenges for discovery and attention when everyone's a creator; and how to hijack Sherlock Holmes.  

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With Washington Sanchez, co-founder of P2P marketplace Open Bazaar, and Angel Leon, founder of popular torrent client Frostwire and OpenBazaar contributor. We discuss Netflix and the use of VPNs by its content-hungry customers to evade geoblocking ; the increasingly businesslike and quite possibly criminal vibe from some large torrent sites; and the fact that Vladimir Putin's Internet Advisor is running a filesharing site. Then, we delve into how OpenBazaar is creating a peer-to-peer network that will put the "d" in "decommerce".

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