Moore's 'Sicko' Leaks to Youtube

Health-care expose has early onset at video sharing site
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2007 8:19 AM CDT
Moore's 'Sicko' Leaks to Youtube
Filmmaker Michael Moore, center, joins hundreds of members of the California Nurses Association as they march from the Capitol to a nearby theater to view the premier of his new film, "Sicko," a documentary about the American health care system, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Rich...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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." (Read more Sicko stories.)

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