The League of Noble Peers, dir. Steal This Film Part II. 2007. .avi format, 2009.
Part II of the Steal this Film series focuses more on the history of copyright and the idea of sharing as cultural imperative. In a likely spoof of the FBI warning often seen before watching copyrighted films, the creators write, "Anyone who fails to redistribute this work, or impedes others from doing so, will be ostracized." From the beginning, Part II looks more professionally made and polished than Part I. Interviews with prominent thinkers in the realm of privacy, file-sharing, copyright and open-source internet include Fred von Lohmann, Rick Prelinger, Yochai Beckler, Brewster Kahle, and Howard Rheingold. The film is edited to promote the idea that open file-sharing is imminent and that culture will have to conform to this new fact. Dan Glickman, current chairman of the MPAA, is made to look foolish with editing cuts making him repeat the word "never, never, never, never..." regarding a question about being able to stop piracy. The second half of the film goes into the history of "sharing," presenting the printing press and the proliferation of copied books as itself a form of primitive piracy. Going forward with the analogy of file sharing today with the spread of copied ideas in print, the Internet is presented as the equivalent of the print press, only at peak performance. Towards the very end of the film, a small animated parable about rabbits illustrates the idea of placing a price on property. A man owns rabbits by putting a fence around them and places a price on each. After a while, the rabbits multiply at a rate at which he can't keep up and a little girl walks over and thinks, surely, the man won't notice if I just take one.
The ideas that I will be most likely to use in Part II will be about the inevitability of copyright reform in the 21st century. As one of the interviewees states, "IP is the oil of the 21st century." The Pirate Party is the only party to primarily focus on this future and its creation seems timely in response to this part of the documentary series which came out in 2007.