When Michael M. Belmont, a.k.a. M dot Strange, heard that his recently released animated movie We Are The Strange had been leaked onto torrent sites, he immediately fired up his email client. But he didn’t send out DMCA takedown notices to stop the unlicensed distribution of the movie he had worked on for three years. Instead, he thanked the pirates for the free publicity: “I’m glad to see it being released and possibly finding more strange people who appreciate it.”

In fact, Belmont was so happy about his movie being pirated that he recorded a hilarious five-minute rant on video and uploaded it to YouTube. In it, he explains that he’s gotten tons of new traffic, sold “more than two” DVDs, and overall really appreciates what he calls the “torrentrical” release of his work. Continue reading at Newteevee.com.

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