Ellen Seidler

Backstage Ellen's Seidler's Fight Against Piracy


Ellen Seidler isn’t in the indie game for the money. But when the filmmaker and her directing partner, Megan Siler, put up $250,000 of their own cash to make “And Then Came Lola,” they expected to at least be able to break even, paying off the debts they incurred during production. Their hopes were dashed when they discovered how extensively “Lola” was being pirated on the Web, damaging the financial prospects of the movie’s DVD and video-on-demand release. Seidler became infuriated, though, when she noticed corporate ads for companies like Google and Netflix popping up all over the illegal sites that carried her film. Back Stage talks to Seidler, who is fighting back on her blog and speaking out against corporate-sponsored Web piracy.

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NPR’s Laura Sydell talks to And Then Came Lola co-director Ellen Seidler about her fight against those who profit from online piracy.

Shortly after the release of And Then Came Lola,unauthorized copies of the film began to appear on web sites that specialize in pirated movies and TV.  That was frustrating enough but Seidler’s blood temperature went up about ten degrees when she saw the ads surrounding the movie on the websites.

Seidler wrote on her blog PopUpPirates,  “The ads were not limited to cheesy online gaming sites, etc.  Rather they include a number of legit companies like Sony, Radio Shack, Porsche, AT&T, Chase, Auto-Zone and even Netflix.

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