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June 28, 2005

P2P Distribution and Promotion [2:19 pm]

Rejected TV Pilot Thrives on P2P [via Slashdot]

A sacked TV pilot about a large number of people who stay in touch through an underground data network has popped up on … well, an underground data network.

The WB television network passed on the pilot for Global Frequency, a sci-fi adventure series based on the graphic novel by English scribe Warren Ellis.

But that didn’t stop someone from leaking the pilot on the internet. The file eventually found its way into the BitTorrent network.

Over the last couple of weeks, enough people have downloaded and viewed the pilot online to give producers hope that TV executives might take a second look at the show.

[...] [WB spokesman Craig] Hoffman added that the pilot’s unauthorized distribution is “unacceptable and illegal … no matter what the underlying motives” and said the company hasn’t ruled out taking legal action “when it comes to stopping the illegal distribution of our copyright material.”

[...] Morpheus CEO Michael Weiss called the leak “just another positive example” of P2P.

“There have already been countless success stories on how musicians — either aspiring or established — have turned to P2P to build or reinvigorate their careers,” he said. “It is not surprising that the same effect is now beginning to happen in film and TV.”

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