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Clear that cam rip of “Unreleased Indiana Jones 5” out of your queue, and make room for some legal downloads.

BitTorrent has announced plans to release 16 award-winning documentary films, marking the first time the file-sharing service has directly offered access to feature-length movies.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The BitTorrent Bundle allows independent filmmakers who want to buck the traditional distribution pathways to wide-release their films the opportunity to distribute to a wide audience. The torrent bundles also allow for more of the profit to go directly to the filmmakers, instead of to traditional theater-minded distributors.

The first salvo included four bundles: Sonic Journeys, Arcade Stories, Digital Revolt, and American Roots. Each bundle has four films, which can be downloaded throgh the service, or streamed as soon as the $15 purchase goes through. The Digital Revolt bundle is the first to be available, and it includes the films The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, The Startup Kids, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard, and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.

There’s no word on when the other three bundles will go live, but the deal should pave the way for even more feature-length films to get legitimate P2P distribution as the year goes on.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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