Nine Inch Nails Fans Create Incredible Live DVD From Footage: Encourage Everyone To Share Widely

from the have-fun-with-it dept

You may recall that about a year ago, Trent Reznor jokingly mentioned that 400 gigs of high definition video footage of some shows from Nine Inch Nail's previous tour had been released online "by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives." Not only that, he noted "I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool." Now, of course it was Rezor's own people who were "leaking" the content, but we'd been hearing all sorts of cool things about what they were doing, and on Christmas Eve they officially released what they had put together called "Another Version Of The Truth: The Gift." It's an amazing display of crowdsourced teamwork by a group calling itself "This One Is On Us," a play on Reznor's statement when he released "The Slip" as a completely free download, when he said "This one's on me."

As they note, it took 12 months, involving a "core team of dozens (with a network of thousands), spanning 3 continents, 4 languages, 5 specialist teams [and] countless sleepless nights." And what did they come out with? Well, it's a concert video that's available in pretty much any format you might want (and they're still adding more). In fact you'll soon be able to get it in Blu-ray. But in the meantime, you can get it in standard DVD of dual layer DVD formats. You can get it for the PS3 or as a basic .MOV file. There's a version catering to those who want to watch on an iPod, and (of course) it's on YouTube.

And as we're being told how awful BitTorrent is and how various torrent trackers and search engines need to be shut down, the folks behind this effort released it under a Creative Commons license, and people are being told that they "are encouraged to seed for as long as possible." As for Reznor himself? He notes that he's "blown away" and reminded (yet again) that Nine Inch Nails fans "kick ass."

But Bittorrent can't be used for any legitimate purpose, right? And musicians can't possibly embrace what the technology allows? Once again, we're seeing why those who embrace what technology allows will do just fine moving forward. It's only those who think that the answer is to bring out the lawyers and try to hold back progress who will find themselves struggling to create business models that work.

Filed Under: fans, file sharing, nine inch nails, trent reznor, video


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    Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Dec 2009 @ 4:32pm

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    I find it quite interesting that a simple comment can generate such an over the top response. Moreover, I find the quote comprising the first part of your response also quite interesting.

    You again appear to have totally missed the point. I had no idea you were so literal and needed things spelled out for you in such detail.

    1. You insisted that there is only one way to properly respect someone.

    2. I demonstrated why this was silly, by noting that I "felt" you had disrespected me by failing to answer my point. I did not really feel disrespected. The point was that respect is something that is in the eye of the beholder. You seem to think that this is not the case, and somehow "the law as measured by MLS" is the determinant of respect.

    I am sorry to say that this is not how things work. Many people find it incredibly "respectful" to share content with others.

    It is for an author to decide what should or should not be done with his/her work if the work is made available to the public with certain attached limitations. The fact some may feel the author is being shortsighted is beside the point. It is the author who gets to make that decision, and not some anonymous third party.

    Again, this is your opinion, yet you state it as if it is fact. It is not fact. There are many ways to be respectful. Your determination of what is respectful is not the only way to determine it.

    I never said that the author's shortsightedness made a difference. Again, you seem to have trouble grasping this.

    This is not rocket science. If a user does not like what strings are attached to a work, then the user should take his/her wallet elsewhere, instead of bellowing about all the things he/she is hindered from doing because of the strings.

    Likewise. This is not rocket science. If you do not wish to respect my comments, and choose to ignore the content of their responses, then you (the user) should go elsewhere, instead of making bogus comments.

    Again -- do you see how this works? You keep making ridiculous statements and don't seem to realize it. Now I am mimicking your ridiculous statements back to you, in the hopes that perhaps you will figure it out.

    I am doubtful, however.

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