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Michael Moore’s 'Sicko' Pirated?

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Jul 06, 2007 | 1:17pm EDT

According to online reports, Michael Moore’s new documentary Sicko has been leaked and is available for download on several peer-to-peer file-sharing Web sites--two weeks before its June 29 release.

In SickoMoore--who won an Academy Award for his 2003 documentary Bowling for Columbine--takes the U.S. healthcare system to task. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month to a standing ovation and rave reviews.

Although Moore has yet to comment on the leak, the controversial filmmaker has taken a lenient attitude towards online file-sharing in the past. In 2004, Moore stated in an interview he did not have a problem with people illegally downloading his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

“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,” Moore said. “As long they’re not doing it to make a profit off it, as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that… I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change and so the more people that get to see them the better. I’m happy when that happens.”

This is the second pre-release leak in less than a month for a film distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment. A studio-quality workprint version of Eli Roth’s horror flick Hostel: Part II was spotted on peer-to-peer networks May 29--ten days before its June 8 release date.

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