Comedian Louis CK Gets BitTorrent Content Removed By Asking Nicely

from the please,-thank-you dept

A reader, who prefers to go by the name Angry Young Man, points us to an interesting set of comments on a torrent of a recent stand up comedy performance by the comedian Louis CK, where it appears the comedian himself showed up on Mininova and asked nicely for the content to be removed, even explaining his reasoning:
HI. I'm Louis CK. Can you please take this down? This show is a work in progress and was not intended to be passed around the internet. I have absolutely no problem, personally, with file sharing, and if you take everythign I have on the market on DVD, CD, and put it up for free downloading, I don't care. But this is an artistic and personal request. Please take this torrent down. thanks.
Following that, the guy who uploaded the torrent complied:
Sorry Mr. CK, I have taken down the direct downloads and asked Mininova and ViPeers to remove the torrent. I thought you would have preferred the reverse, your live concerts in ****ty audio quality would be ok, especially for what you said about NBC taking down your Late Night appearance, and your high quality DVDs and stuff wouldn't be ok since you need ***** for that stuff. I sincerely apologize for the torrent and the misunderstanding.
And people say that those putting up torrent files don't respect artists?

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Apr 2009 @ 10:16pm

    i don't get it

    so what is this comedian's stance on copyright supposed to be?
    dvds/albums - buy
    live perfs - see locally, youtube/tpb
    works in progress - please don't youtube/tpb, it's not indicative?

    i can semi-understand the first as it's his main source of revenue, but dying off (so he can't bitch). the second is totally legitimate. if i live in topeka fucking kansas, there's no way he's coming here, so me seeing his work on youtube/tpb is only going to increase the possibility that i go out and buy his work. and the third i can understand (so long as he didn't care that when it comes to fruition, he doesn't mind it ending up on youtube/tpb).

    i mean, i'm not advocating going out and pirating his work -- i'm just wondering what his stance is on copyright. if he's all for mixing promotion with new outlets like youtube/tpb, that's great. but if he's just pulling a bleeding heart card on you, that's lame.

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