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Did Ashton Kutcher Pirate His Own Movie?

Actor Ashton Kutcher is currently in hot water for pirating the first 13 minutes of his new comedy movie, Killers. Apparently Kutcher broadcast the film's opening to select fan sites from its Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The problem is that he didn't ask permission first.

Now industry insiders and film experts are lashing out at the actor, accusing Kutcher of promoting piracy based on comments he made to Ellen DeGeneres, and by actually streaming the flick. In fact, critics have gotten so heated up over the issue that they have called on the Motion Picture Association of America to reprimand the actor.

But Kutcher doesn't see what the big deal is all about. He doesn't think he's broken any laws, but was merely promoting his latest work. "The film is good enough to sell itself," he said. "I just wanted to show people that... I think if we show the first 13 minutes of the movie and if people like it, they'll go see it."

Kutcher goes on to retaliate against those who called him out on piracy. "Everybody calls people airing stuff on the web piracy just because they're not making money off of it yet," he added. "If they (executives) can figure out how to make money off of it, they won't call it piracy anymore."

Was this act really piracy? What's the difference between streaming 13 minutes of a movie to various websites and going on a network talk show carrying a hefty clip from the same movie?

"The free preview is a transparent marketing stunt by Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, which has decided to hide the movie from critics and instead put the first few minutes in front of its target audience during the run-up to its release," said Hollywood Reporter's legal aide, Matthew Belloni. "To that end, they've enlisted the movie's co-star, a genuine Internet phenomenon, to help promote that effort."

  • cottonball
    It's funny he thinks the movie is good, because he's in it. All reviews about the movie have been below average.
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  • overclockingrocks
    I see this the same as when Lars from Metallica "pirated" Death Magnetic. If anyone has a right to do it it's him.
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  • cloakster
    That last paragraph makes perfect sense to be the truth. This is just a marketing stunt. Im 100% sure that after the release of the movie in theaters, we will never hear of this again.
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  • Sykar
    Lol, this movie is nothing but a rehash of Mr. and mrs. Smith, however I think that streaming the first 13 minutes is a good idea, if only as an experiment. Is it piracy? heck no, if people want to see the movie after watching those 13 minutes, then that's their choice and their money to burn away...
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  • Sykar
    I hate Ashton Kutcher btw, everything he has ever done is crap IMHO
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  • Pyroflea
    "If they (executives) can figure out how to make money off of it, they won't call it piracy anymore."

    You idiot, that's because piracy is obtaining files for FREE. Paying to download movies wouldn't be call piracy BECAUSE IT ISN'T.

    SykarI hate Ashton Kutcher btw, everything he has ever done is crap IMHO
    I couldn't agree more.
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  • mr_tuel
    Who the hell complains about free publicity??? Oh, right....
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  • ravewulf
    I don't see the problem with it either. Fair use allows for a certain amount to be shown without permission.
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  • HalJordan
    Next up: MPAA sues individuals that viewed pirated Kutcher movie...
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  • brendano257
    "In fact, critics have gotten so heated up over the issue that they have called on the Motion Picture Association of America to take their nit picky lawsuits and complaints and shove it up their rich asses."

    Fixed it.
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