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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    Louis CK, 20 Apr 2009 @ 11:18pm

    Re: i don't get it

    I'll explain it to you. yes it's me and I am a self-googling idiot.

    The reason I asked this fellow to take the torrent down is because the show I performed that he recorded was material that I was developing for the eventual recording as a new DVD/special. That's how I structure my act and my year on the road. I start the year with no jokes. I start writing, doing short sets in New York. Then I do longer and longer sets until I have a solid hour. Then I go on the road, starting in clubs and building the bigger and bigger venues. Finally, in the fall, I do a theater tour, during which I perfect the material through repetition and finally I record it as a special and then I throw that material away.
    Once you commit something to film, tape or whatever, once it becomes a recording and certainly once it hits the internet, there is a permanance about it that transends live performance. This is something that is very important to me. It doesn't have to be important to anyone else. But because I care very much about it, I asked this person to take down this material because it wasn't meant to be experienced as a recorded event. This doesn't even mean that the show was beneath or not as good as what will be recorded. It just wasn't meant to be that way, not by me.
    So I ASKED him to take it down. I didn't demand it. I don't expect him to sympathize or care how I feel about it being out there. I only hope he does. It turns out he did, which I'm grateful for.
    As I said in my post to him, I don't view this as a property issue. I don't feel that he's stealing from me by putting my material online. He's just working against what I want in terms of timing of people hearing my stuff when I want them to. whether or not that carries any weight with him is up to him. If I felt he was stealing from me. I wouldn't ask. I would sue him. I guess.
    Does that make sense to you?
    By the way, once the DVD comes out, if he wants to put that clip back up, that is totally fine with me. I reposted to him and indicated as much.
    anyway, this was far more than I intended to write. I'm going to bed now.
    Take care, all.


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