Michael Moore Embraces Free Distribution Of Latest Movie
from the and-another-one dept
No matter what you think of controversial film maker Michael Moore (and I’ll admit that I’m not a fan — I think he’s entertaining, but plays way too loose with the facts, even on issues where I might agree with him), over the years this been this odd compulsion by pro-copyright folks to pigeonhole Moore as being against anyone sharing his films online — despite the fact he’s clearly stated he has no problem with people file sharing his movies if it means more people see them. Yet, as we’ve pointed out, others have claimed that Moore’s worst “nightmare” came true when one of his movies was leaked online, despite the fact that the leak helped get it more attention (just as Moore wanted) making the movie quite profitable. Then there was the “legal group” that used one of Moore’s films as an example of filmmakers hurt by file sharing — again ignoring Moore’s stated appreciation of fans sharing his movies.
Well, now he’s making his stance even clearer. He’s releasing his latest movie for free online, though, oddly it will only be officially available that way for three weeks (though, I’m sure by then it will be widely available in unauthorized forms as well). As of right now, it’s a little unclear if the movie will be available for actual download or just streaming, though the website for the movie itself, called Slacker Uprising says that it will be a download. I think he’s being a bit disingenuous in claiming that he’s not planning to profit from the release, as he’s also offering a DVD for sale, which will likely do quite well. Either way, perhaps now folks will stop using the leaks of his movies as evidence that he’s against free distribution of his movies.