Pirates nab Michael Moore's yet-to-be released doc

Michael Moore's new film, Sicko, scheduled for release on June 29, has been pirated and is widely available for free download on the Web.

From all that we've heard about Michael Moore's soon-to-be released documentary indictment of the U.S. health care system, he clearly supports universal health care.

But does he support universal Web access to his film two weeks before its official release? Probably not, or at least his studio doesn't.

Advertising Age reported Friday that Moore's new film, Sicko, has been pirated and is widely available for free download on the Web at BitTorrent and peer-to-peer sites. Advertising Age reporter Claude Brodesser-Akner wrote that he easily downloaded a copy and watched it late Thursday night.

The breach follows Moore's move last week to stash a copy of the film in Canada, "in case the federal government decided to impound it over an apparently unauthorized trip to Cuba made during its filming," Brodessor-Akner wrote.

Moore didn't seem to mind when his Fahrenheit 9/11 found its way to the file-sharing world--he even encouraged piracy at the time. However, that pirate ship didn't sail until after the film was out in theaters. The official release date for Sicko is June 29, known in the Apple world as iPhone Day .

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