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Steal this movie.

July 4th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Movies, Politics

Michael Moore has no problem with people pirating his films:

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 labour. I would oppose that.

To be sure, it’s a fairly significant statement. But what’s MORE impressive is that Lion’s Gate (Fahrenheit 9/11’s distributor) appears to be supporting Moore’s position:

Despite up to 150 people simultaneously bagging free copies of its most valuable property at any given time 24 hours a day, Lions Gate says it has no plans to oppose the practice. While unwilling to make any official statement likely to further provoke Hollywood’s heavy hitters, the film company appears to have fallen into line with its director’s laissez-faire approach.

It would certainly be interesting to see Moore release subsequent films under the Creative Commons license.


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