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Filmmakers Behind '2016: Obama's America' Claim Piracy
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/24/2012 | Paul Bond

Posted on 09/24/2012 2:26:18 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll

Full Title: Filmmakers Behind '2016: Obama's America' Claim Piracy and Disinformation Campaign Are a Coordinated Attack

The movie showed up on YouTube over the weekend as rumors spread it would also be shown free on the Fox News Channel.

The filmmakers behind 2016: Obama’s America are claiming a coordinated attack engineered by supporters of Barack Obama to suppress the box-office results of the movie, which is a critical look at the president.

our editor recommends '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Calls White House Attack 'Clumsy,' 'Bizarre' (Exclusive Audio)Emmys 2012: 'Homeland' Stars on Their 'Hugely Validating' Fan, President ObamaThe film, the second-highest-grossing political documentary in U.S. box-office history, has made $32 million domestically since opening in mid-July but took in only $852,000 during the recent weekend for a per-screen average of $852, down 21 percent from $1,080 per screen in the previous weekend.

VIDEO: '2016: Obama's America' Commercial

While such a drop isn't unusual for a movie during the course of a week, filmmakers say box-office results were artificially depressed for two reasons: a disinformation campaign spreading the false rumor that Fox News Channel would be showing the movie in its entirety Sunday and a pirated version of the film showing up on YouTube this weekend.

“Starting Saturday morning, I started getting e-mails from groups and individuals either warning me about the piracy of 2016: Obama’s America or thanking me for allowing the movie to go online,” said Randy Slaughter, president of Rocky Mountain Pictures, the film’s distributor.

Filmmakers said they notified the FBI that the movie was available illegally and that they asked YouTube to take it down.

AUDIO: '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Calls White House Attack 'Clumsy,' 'Bizarre'

“We take this issue very seriously and are in contact with the FBI to investigate the parties that placed this on the Internet,” said John Sullivan, who co-wrote and co-directed the movie with Dinesh D’Souza.

Concerning the prospect of the film airing on FNC, some websites including SmartGirlPolitics.com, apologized for being a conduit for misinformation.

“Last night we were made aware that someone posted an erroneous blog post on our user blogs regarding the movie 2016 being shown on Fox News,” wrote the website's president, Stacy Mott. “It was immediately taken down, but unfortunately, a handful of people had already responded to it through Twitter. This was not, in any way, something posted by Smart Girl Politics or any member of our team.”

Over the weekend, there also were mass e-mails making the claim that Fox News was about to air the movie for free.

STORY: President Obama's Campaign Trashes '2016: Obama's America'

“Fox News is going to air the documentary Obama 2016. To all Americans, Democrat, Independents, right or left, heads up for this Sunday night,” one email reads.

“Important. Looks that Fox News is going to air the documentary Obama 2016. Heads up for this Sunday night 9:00 p.m.,” reads another.

Sullivan said he estimates “hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans” received the false information that the movie was to air on Fox News.

A spokesperson for Fox News confirmed the cable channel has no plans to air the movie.

“The reports of the movie appearing on Fox before the election are completely untrue, and we strongly suspect that they are the result of dirty tricks by our opponents who spread this rumor in order to confuse the general public and keep them from going to their local theaters," said D’Souza.

Separately on Monday, Lionsgate Home Entertainment said it will release the movie Oct. 16 on DVD and Oct. 12 on pay-per-view.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; piracy; sabotage
H/T Mark Levin
1 posted on 09/24/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll
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To: Da Bilge Troll

It is still doing well in the theaters, though...moved into the #4 slot ALL-TIME box office receipts among ALL documentaries.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 2:30:45 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
The filmakers have recovered their costs through sales to the choir.

I think the film should now be made generally available in order that choir members be able to send the link to those who don't like obama but are too apathetic to vote and to those who wouldn't support obama if only they knew where he really is coming from.

3 posted on 09/24/2012 2:35:07 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Da Bilge Troll
“Important. Looks that Fox News is going to air the documentary Obama 2016. Heads up for this Sunday night 9:00 p.m.,” reads another.

And if they tuned in at that time they got to see Hannity airing 10 minutes worth of Obama ads instead. Worst Hannity ever.

4 posted on 09/24/2012 2:35:23 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: who knows what evil?

This one would probably do better after having seen both. It explains a lot that 2016 didn’t:

www.ourcommunistcommanderinchief.com


5 posted on 09/24/2012 2:36:18 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Da Bilge Troll

When your movie gets pirated, then you know You’ve Arrived.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 2:37:06 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

So are folks who viewed the YT online.....will they get into trouble?


7 posted on 09/24/2012 2:39:06 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Cyber Liberty

>> When your movie gets pirated, then you know You’ve Arrived.

Not unless a malicious move to kill revenue.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 2:40:01 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

No. Only maybe the uploader.


9 posted on 09/24/2012 2:40:46 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: fso301
I think the film should now be made generally available

But that is up to them. It is their property. And the last line in the article mentions a DVD release.

10 posted on 09/24/2012 2:41:10 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

If this is just a PR Campaign for the film, I like it. I think the movie can actually gain in popularity as more people start paying attention to the Election..


11 posted on 09/24/2012 2:42:39 PM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: fso301
I think the film should now be made generally available in order that choir members be able to send the link to those who don't like obama but are too apathetic to vote and to those who wouldn't support obama if only they knew where he really is coming from.

I agree. I think that it might reach an important audience.

But, I understand if they want to continue to collect the revenue, from theaters, DVD sales and rentals, etc.

12 posted on 09/24/2012 2:45:20 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
The filmmakers behind 2016: Obama’s America are claiming a coordinated attack engineered by supporters of Barack Obama to suppress the box-office results of the movie, which is a critical look at the president.

If true, Obama supporters are dumb as bricks. Strike back at the makers of a film critical of their hero by making the film more widely available on the Internet? I hope he has more friends like that.

13 posted on 09/24/2012 2:49:00 PM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Take a look at the critic’s v. the public’s opinions of the movie: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/2016_obamas_america/

Younger Americans simply cannot relate to a world without the Internet and free communication between free people. Imagine what this election would look like without the Internet.

Gatekeepers would spin the news telling us what to think and what was happening. Imagine that Reagan had passed vouchers two decades ago. Obama wouldn’t have ever been elected. Without consistent and persistent indoctrination of children our nation’s long nightmare would have ended already.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 2:51:49 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
It will be released on DVD on Oct. 16 and available on Amazon.
15 posted on 09/24/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Da Bilge Troll
I watched it, it's really nothing to get excited about. (All old news if you've been paying attention!)

If you wanna see some REAL anti-Obama stuff that will piss you off, find "Dreams from My Real Father - A Story of Reds and Deception"

Here's the trailer for it.

The whole thing WAS online here this weekend (but now the site says it's offline until Sept 25.

16 posted on 09/24/2012 2:58:46 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

No, but I wish I had 90 minutes of my life back.

Seriously though, I saw nothing controversial or denigrating to Obama. As documentaries go, it laid out an overview of Obama and his socialistic back ground. I was glad that there was no ‘grand conspiracy’ stuff in it to put one off.


17 posted on 09/24/2012 3:01:55 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Youtube had a line at the top about how it was unlisted, and only the people with the link would be able to watch it. Were the rats collecting IP addresses and and watching who sent it to who?


18 posted on 09/24/2012 3:03:39 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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19 posted on 09/24/2012 3:07:38 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: jsanders2001

Says website down until 9/25.


20 posted on 09/24/2012 3:12:15 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: rabidralph; rcrngroup

ping for later use


21 posted on 09/24/2012 3:17:18 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: 1010RD
Imagine that Reagan had passed vouchers two decades ago. Obama wouldn’t have ever been elected. Without consistent and persistent indoctrination of children our nation’s long nightmare would have ended already.

But we have school choice in college, and that's where some of the worst indoctrination occurs, I think. Not sure how you break that stranglehold when they control the schools and who gets hired and fired.

22 posted on 09/24/2012 3:18:15 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Seems to me this little “prank” backfired somewhat, because now more people have seen 2016 via YouTube, who couldn’t afford to go to the theater....

I was one of them....not that it changed my mind or gave me any new info on the Traitor In Chief or his evil agenda for the “Fundamental Transformation” of America from The United States of America to the United States of Sharia.


23 posted on 09/24/2012 3:21:01 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Usagi_yo
I think this will shed a lot of light on Obama's agenda....maybe not Obama per say, but definitely what he's willingly helping along 100%....Explosive documentary “The Project” debuts this week on TheBlaze TV
24 posted on 09/24/2012 3:40:27 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: JediJones

We only have apparent school choice in colleges. The system works hard to effect a forced choice just like a card trick. By the time a kid gets to college they’ve spent an unlucky 13 years being indoctrinated by government employees. Why would a liberal college education even phase them. I don’t recall a lot of good thinking on campus.


25 posted on 09/24/2012 11:48:46 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: who knows what evil?
...moved into the #4 slot ALL-TIME box office receipts among ALL documentaries

I bet that rattled Michael Moore's thundermug...

26 posted on 09/24/2012 11:54:26 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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