Will Piracy Infect Box Office For Sicko?
Michael Moore's Sicko had been downloaded about 4,000 times from peer-to-peer websites PirateBay and Mininova as of Wednesday, according to figures posted on the sites. Clips from the film were also viewed over 1,000 times on YouTube and Google Video before they were yanked following protests by the Weinstein Company, which produced the health-care documentary. (Trailers and interviews with Moore remain.) Moore has said that the piracy appeared to be an "inside job," given the fact that a perfect digital print was posted on the file-sharing sites. CNET News writer Greg Sandoval commented Wednesday that he doubted that the online piracy will hurt the film at the box office. "First," he wrote, "the controversy ... generated plenty of headlines for Sicko. Nobody associated with the movie is going to be distressed about that. On the sites where the bootlegs appeared scores of comments were posted and that's the kind of word-of-mouth promotion marketers love."