It's always amusing when people seem to think that geographic borders actually apply to the internet. We recently wrote about Michael Moore's plan to freely distribute
his latest movie online, which supported Moore's earlier statements
saying the greater the number of people who see his movies (for free or not), the better off he is. However, when the movie was finally released online, and users were told to share it, some were reasonably surprised
that Moore said it should only be shared in the US and Canada. Of course, once people are distributing it online, national borders are somewhat meaningless. And it seems next to impossible to figure out a way to ask people to share the movie, distributing it via torrent sites... but say that it should only be shared within the US and Canada.
However, it appears that Michael Moore's lawyers are now trying to do the impossible. Michael Geist
points us to a website that received a DMCA takedown notice for sharing the movie outside the US and Canada
. In fact, the lawyers were confused, and the website they sent the takedown to was merely a DNS service, not the webhost, but it appears the lawyers will continue the rather ridiculous task of trying to take down any torrents of the movie outside the US or Canada.