I just watched “Sicko,” which is available here at Atlanticfreepress.com. Michael Moore provided the following statement with regard to how he views “sharing” his film:
MICHAEL MOORE: Well, 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 they’re not doing it to make a profit off it, as long as they’re not, you know, trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that. But um, you know I do quite well and I um…I don’t know, I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change, so the more people that get to see them the better, and um, so I’m, I’m happy when that happens, OK? Should I not be happy I don’t know? It’s like if a friend of yours has the DVD of my movie, gave it to you to watch one night, is that person doing something wrong? I’m not seeing any money from that. But he’s just handing the DVD to you so that you can watch my movie. A DVD that he bought, but you’re not buying it, yet you’re watching it without paying me any money. See I think that’s OK, and it’s always been OK, we share things with people. And I think information and art, ideas should be shared.
Sicko is a frightening trip on the nightmare ride of American health care. It made me wonder if one day we will need to take up residence in Canada in order to get decent health care. Anyone who has ever received a “denial” from their insurance company for a health issue will certainly relate to the unbelievable situations of the people featured in the film. I also experienced “socialized medicine” envy, watching people in Canada, England and France talk about their positive and free health care experiences. Even Cuba, where the 9/11 workers end up getting health care after Gitmo turns them away, gave them more than they got in America.
Moveon.org is doing a “Pledge to see Sicko” drive, if you want to stop by and pledge to see the movie. This is supposed to be for seeing it on the big screen, but whatever way you end up seeing it, the point is to take in the message and figure out what you can do to improve health care — or just improve your own health, so you can avoid this broken corporate-profiteering-perverted system as much as possible.
h/t Pat-crowley.org for the link.