Louis C.K. released his new stand up special, Live at the Beacon Theater on Dec. 10. The release is completely digital and direct through the comedian’s website — C.K.’s standup is available for $5 through Pay Pal and you get access to two streams and two downloads of the show.
With the release of the special, C.K. wanted to make the material easily accessible for the fans without the hassles of corporate restrictions, which means no “DRM” technology that would make the file harder to torrent. C.K. released this statement today asking fans to keep things honest in regard to sharing the special:
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.
So far, as gigaom points out, the file has already made its way to torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, which has 500 hosts for the most-downloaded version.