[Rumori] anti-michael moore site attacks f9/11 by posting bootleg copy

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Thu Jul 1 09:35:32 PDT 2004


NEW YORK - The war between Michael Moore and his critics has escalated
as a Web site targeting the “Fahrenheit 9/11” director posted a link to
an illegal “Fahrenheit” file download. In the process, it also attacked
the filmmaker’s stance on copyright law.

A June 27 posting on the site MooreWatch.com invites visitors to
download the film. It quotes Moore, though it doesn’t cite a source, as
encouraging such downloading by saying: “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. As long as they’re not doing it to
make a profit, you know, as long as they’re not trying to make a profit
off my labor. I would oppose that.”

Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, which is
distributing the film with IFC Films and Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s
Fellowship Adventure Group, said Wednesday that his company is
exploring legal action.

“I think it’s deplorable what enemies of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ are doing,”
he said. “We are currently looking into our legal options. We are not
going to tolerate anybody trying to infringe on (this film’s release).”

Since May, there have been reports of downloadable versions of Moore’s
movie on such file-sharing networks as Limewire and eDonkey, concurrent
with “Fahrenheit’s” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. But according
to BigChampagne, an online media measurement firm, “Fahrenheit” took
the file-sharing networks by storm Sunday evening.

“The first copies of ‘Fahrenheit’ — quite good-quality in the
estimation of people who track these things — began to leak on Sunday
night,” BigChampagne founder and CEO Eric Garland said. “It’s
noteworthy that it took so long to show up in a big way in the
file-sharing network, which is probably attributable to the fact that
the film was on relatively few screens. The copy in circulation is a
CAM version (a camcorder copy captured from an actual theater
projection of the film).”

Not easy to access copy
The file posted at MooreWatch.com is in BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer
file-sharing client. For anyone to watch the movie, a series of complex
steps is required to access it.

One person who posted on the site complained about the amount of time
spent trying to download the file. “After downloading all night, I am
at 11%,” the Web poster said. “Should it take over a week to download;
or is this part of the DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack?”


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