TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013)
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Good documentary about The Pirate Bay, a torrent sharing website that has gained popularity the world over. Downloading is something that is being done by everyone, and is something that will never be stopped. Now, Hollywood studios seek to close down these sites, such as Pirate Bay because they lose an estimated one billion dollars in revenue. But really, they make even more money in box office revenues and DVD/Blu Ray sales. This documentary follows the founders of the Pirate Bay as they try to battle the charges brought on by film studios. This is an eye opening film, one that makes you ask the important question, is it that bad to download files off the internet? The film could have been much better, but for what it is, it's an entertaining documentary and fairly revealing as well. Downloading from the internet is something that we all do, and I doubt that big Hollywood corporations will ever be able to put a stop to every file sharing websites. Entertaining for what it tries to accomplish, but I found it to be a little short as well. The film does show how these three friends get in trouble with the law for their website, but even if they ever manage to permanently shut down the site, they'll always be a new site popping for people to share files. The film has a very interesting subject at its disposal and it is a subject that will always be shrouded in controversy. Whether you agree if it's right to download torrents, downloading files will always be around.
3/5 Interesting enough to recommend, but the scary part is the ending. It doesn't really have one and there is a total lack of interest by the public as the lawsuits move forward and change venues...scary for us. The sad thing is that it shows the usual corruption in the government working in the background stopping justice from occurring. Well, I am probably wrong, but that is how I saw it.
It's decently interesting to know and see the founders of that service you use every day. No shocking reversions or plot twists- but it reveals the trials piece by piece and leaves you to wonder what has happened since.
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