Documentarian Michael Moore has a feverishly anticipated takedown of the American health-care industry set to open in two weeks—but try telling that to the internet. Sicko went viral this weekend as cinematic hackers managed to post the two-hour film in its entirety on YouTube, probably from a pirated DVD.
The site took the film down this morning, but not before hundreds of viewers got an unauthorized peek. The leak is reminiscent of Moore's previous Fahrenheit 9/11, which also seeped onto to the net—and then netted $119 million. At the time, the portly provocateur said he didn't have a problem with online viewers sharing the film, "as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labor."