‘Kon-Tiki’ makers fend off pirates

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The new Norwegian feature film Kon-Tiki, which topped lists of the most-seen films in Norwegian cinemas in 2012, came out on DVD and BluRay last month and quickly became available on The Pirate Bay and other file-sharing websites. The film’s makers are in despair, and trying to halt the practice.

The feature film about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's famous voyage on the raft "Kon-Tiki" has been popular among Norwegians, and now among alleged pirates. PHOTO: Norsk Filminstitutt/Carl Raabe

The feature film about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s famous voyage on the raft “Kon-Tiki” has been popular among Norwegians, and now among alleged pirates. PHOTO: Norsk Filminstitutt/Carl Christian Raabe

“This is pure thievery,” producer Aage Aaberge told newspaper Aftenposten this week. He thinks Norwegian authorities aren’t taking it seriously enough, leaving he and his colleagues to take steps like blocking a recent posting of the film on YouTube.

Now he says they’re targeting the IP addresses of those posting the film on websites with an eye to holding them legally responsible.

The film was shortlisted just before Christmas for an Academy Award for best foreign film, with the final list of five candidates for the Oscar due on January 10.

The film will be released in the US on February 22. It’s set to premiere in German and Swedish cinemas in March.

newsinenglish.no staff