Louis C.K. Distributing Stand-Up Show Through Torrents

Posted Dec 11, 2011

Louis C.K. is a stand-up comedian that is selling a direct download of his show that he did at the Beacon Theater. He is distributing it through torrent files, but is asking for a $5 donation per download. The file will not have any DRM or any forced e-mail spam.

For “torrenters,” Louis C.K. wrote this message:

To those who might wish to “torrent” this video: look, I don’t really get the whole “torrent” thing. I don’t know enough about it to judge either way. But I’d just like you to consider this: I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy this video in any way they want without “corporate” restrictions.

Please bear in mind that I am not a company or a corporation. I’m just some guy. I paid for the production and posting of this video with my own money. I would like to be able to post more material to the fans in this way, which makes it cheaper for the buyer and more pleasant for me. So, please help me keep this being a good idea. I can’t stop you from torrenting; all I can do is politely ask you to pay your five little dollars, enjoy the video, and let other people find it in the same way.

Louis C.K.