Category: Ad Sponsored Piracy

Australia sees the light, OK’s blocking pirate sites

Blocking pirate sites is not censorship–it’s common sense

In a move being celebrated by creators worldwide, the Australian parliament has approved the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015.  The legislation will allow rights holders go to court to request that pirate websites be blocked in Australia. The explanatory memorandum, notes that the purpose of the bill is to “reduce online infringement.”  

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Five years later, why this “stupid Gay” fights piracy

This month marks the five-year anniversary of my first blog post about online piracy and its link to advertising profits.  At the time I was pissed.  The movie Megan Siler and I had spent three years creating had just been released, and within 24 hours, had found its way online as an illegal download.  One illegal copy quickly morphed into many tens of thousands.

What made me angry wasn’t necessarily the fact the film had been pirated.  Though certainly I wasn’t pleased, it wasn’t really a shock. I knew in the back of my mind that piracy was an issue.  However, I’d never really examined it up close.  When I did, I was surprised not only by the how–but by the why.  Online piracy was, in fact, an insidious for-profit business cloaked behind a curtain labeled “sharing.”

Online piracy is driven by profit

It turns out our film–like thousands of others, studio and indie–was just click-bait for a flourishing online market driven by greed.  The breadth and scope of this illicit online marketplace was shocking.  Examining a wide range of pirate websites I discovered an insidious, profitable and widespread economy driven–in large measure–through the complicity of major American corporations.

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Ad sponsored piracy with Google’s DoubleClick leading the way

Today the Digital Citizens Alliance* released a follow-up to last year’s report that examined the connection between online piracy and advertising profits.  According to results documented in today’s release, Good Money Still Going Bad, not much has changed.  Tainted revenue totals from 2014 aren’t very different from 2013.  The 589 websites included in the report generated 209 million dollars from advertising.  This, despite the fact that many of the rogue sites included in the earlier report had been shuttered. With mountains of evidence that ad sponsored piracy remains a hydra with many heads, why do supposedly legit companies like Google still find themselves intimately attached to...

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Facebook spits in the face of the Hollywood-puts MPAA ad on page promoting movie piracy website

Facebook doesn’t give a damn whose ad goes where, so long as it means more cash in its pocket If ever you needed more evidence to show just how irresponsible problem online advertising has become–or how totally tone deaf and blind Silicon Valley is-look no further than Facebook. Yet again, a Silicon Valley king is caught red-handed–yet again–profiting from online movie piracy. Take a look below at the Facebook page for a notorious pirate site, Solarmovie.  Not only does Solarmovie–with its 15,000+ likes–get to openly share hundreds of links to pirated movies,  but Facebook–in an absurdly ironic twist–plops a paid advertisement promoting the MPAA website The Credits...

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Google’s downranking of pirate sites is a big, fat, LIE

Google’s promise to fight piracy on its search engine is pure baloney I was updating my film’s website earlier this week and so randomly went to Google to see where it would show up in search results.  I figured that, given it’s the official website for the film, it would be at or near the top of the results. Boy was I wrong…When I used in the search terms And Then Came Lola website the first result was a pirate site offering pirated streams of the film with a single click. In fact, the actual website for our film was nowhere to be found.  Instead the first page of results...

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