Comedian and author Russell Brand often gets attention in the viral blogosphere for saying shocking things -- most recently, he hit headlines calling for a political revolution to reject the current systems and hierarchies that favor the privileged.
Giving away his work for free seems to be along a similar anti-capitalist vein. Brand's latest DVD, "Messiah Complex," is available to purchase for £10 ($16.40) from Amazon and the BBC Shop, and he tweeted both those links. But the first link he provided was to a Pirate Bay proxy for the torrent (allowing UK users to circumvent ISP-level blocks to the Pirate Bay main site).
#MessiahComplex - for free http://t.co/F4Qour9ngw From amazon http://t.co/ybh7uzq5nD From BBC http://t.co/sZoW25TRmn — Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) November 26, 2013
Apparently this move did not go down well with BBC Worldwide, whose subsidiary 2Entertain published the DVD.
"@Riderofrohan: How does your agent/manager feel about you promoting Pirate Bay? :)" Some people who's jobs depend on it are angry. Complex.— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) November 27, 2013
This means the torrent is illegal and not authorized by Brand's employers. Download at your own risk.
(Source: CNET Australia)