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YouTube Forced To Remove “Sicko” Bootlegs

From those champions of property rights at E! News:

Bootleg Sicko Copies Quarantined

by Josh Grossberg
Mon, 18 Jun 2007

The Sicko outbreak has been neutralized.

YouTube has taken down links to bootlegged copies of Michael Moore’s exposé on the healthcare industry after being alerted by the film’s distributors, Lionsgate and the Weinstein Company.

The full movie, which clocks in at 124 minutes and isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until June 29, surfaced over the weekend on the video-sharing site in 14 chunks, each of which had drawn several hundred viewers before YouTube pulled the plug.

A pirated copy of Sicko apparently was first posted on BitTorrent and then quickly disseminated to other file-sharing networks before landing on YouTube.

There was no word from filmmakers on how the leaked copy made its way online, but the Weinstein Company did issue a statement saying it would move “aggressively to protect” Sicko from video pirates to ensure viewers would see the film in theaters

According to reports, the Weinstein Company has hired a technology firm to unleash fake downloads to discourage people from engaging in piracy.

Moore, on the other hand, doesn’t seem so perturbed, having previously told the press that bootlegs give Sicko an extra publicity push.

I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor,” he said…

What a liar Mr. Moore is.

It is absolutely a certainty that if Moore did not want to pursue these bootleggers the companies would not be doing it. (And that they are even going so far as to make “booby-trapped” copies is very telling.)

Moore, after all, owns the rights to the project. And only the owner of the copyright has the legal standing to make copyright infringement complaints.

But to maintain his faux little guy (ahem) status Moore has to make preposterous statements like this.

But Michael Moore always was a liar.

And a firm believer in the adage, “property rights for me, but not for thee.”

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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