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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Stand-up Comedian Tackled Ownership Issue

Stand-up Comedian Tackled Ownership Issue

Stand-up Comedian Tackled Ownership Issue

Added: Monday, December 19th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Upon the completion of his show at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K. managed to sell his “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater” for $5 a copy, thus making a profit of $200.000. That’s how he addressed an old issue of ownership. Earlier, when you purchased a product, it became really yours – you were free to share it, borrow or do whatever else you wanted. However, with today’s restrictions and DRM, such liberty has gone forever.

Louis claimed that his experiment appeared successful: within 12 hours after the show went on sale, he had more that 50,000 purchases, thus earning $250,000, which would break even on the cost of production and site. Soon he has sold more than 110,000 copies for a total of $500,000, which after deducting PayPal charges etc. left him about $200,000 of net income. Although that’s less than he would have been paid by any company to let it sell the show, they would have charged the consumers around $20 for the copy. Worse still, they would have sold an encrypted and regionally restricted copy and owned consumers’ private details for their own use. In other words, this way, consumers only pay $5 and are able to use the video any way they want.

The reason Louis decided to sell his show without his production company is because it keeps most of the profit. Moreover, it is reluctant to share it with giants like Apple or Google. As for his DRM-free product, he addressed pirates, saying that doesn’t really get the idea of “torrent” thing, but he did whatever he could to make it easier for others to watch and enjoy the show without any corporate restrictions. He asked pirates to consider that he wasn’t a corporation, but an individual who had to pay for the production with his own money, so it would be a right thing to refuse sharing this video but pay 5 little dollars to watch it.

The community’s feedback to his message was surprising – the consumers decided that his example could encourage other content creators to do the same and end up with more frequent releases at cheaper prices, which would worth this $5.

Louis has also conducted an interview to promote his idea, where he said that with the money obtained from this sell he is going to make a movie. However, in this case a comedian has an established large fan base, while the newcomer will need some help with promotion

December 19th,2011

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Date:  Monday, December 19th, 2011

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-12-19 16:12:20)
Rockman avatarw o w great idea

posted by (2011-12-19 16:18:34)
CaptCosmo avatarSmart idea, now let others follow in his steps. None of need the GREEDY Fat Cats in the middle driving up prices just to fill their pockets. I would much rather support the Artists rather then the Media Industry middlemen. Thanx for the read SaM!

posted by ET loverKitty (2011-12-19 18:02:00)
greymongel avatarthanx for the article as always sam......indeed a good idea love louis c.k great comedian......maybe more people will follow his lead

posted by (2011-12-19 21:49:47)
The_Ritty avatargenius...

posted by Blocked (2011-12-20 00:45:45)
No avatarFor the record (excuse pun!) music and film companies rake in 19 dollars out of the 20 dollars or so you pay for a Music CD or DVD, less distribution costs and shop sales costs and of course tax. So the record and film companies actually get about 15 dollars per sale while the artists get about 75 cents or less per sale!

posted by (2011-12-20 02:11:39)
dobbs avatari like CK. it's cool he is trying this. i wish he would put something on vo.do for us and see how it would do there through donations. i'm going to DL the torrent now

posted by (2011-12-20 02:13:09)
dobbs avatarand then i will buy it if i like it

posted by (2011-12-20 04:36:09)
DEMONLORD avatarsomeone has a sense still

posted by Blocked (2011-12-21 11:54:43)
menahunie avatarIt is all about control and RIAA, MPAA, publishers, distributors, blah blah blah are losing control of the media market. THAT is freaking them out because they then lose control of the gravy train they have been riding for decades. Wonder why this huge push for SOPA bill? Now you do CONTROL..

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