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Is Michael Moore Pro-Piracy: Illegal Copies of "Capitalism: A Love Story" Inspiring OWS?

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by Anthony Kaufman
December 6, 2011 8:21 PM
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While speaking in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater to promote his new book, "Here Comes Trouble," Michael Moore told a crowd they could take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement without getting their hands too dirty, by moving funds from established banks to local credit unions, or pirating Moore's film "Capitalism: A Love Story" and handing it out on the street, according to a story in Heritage Media.

Distributed in 2009 by Overture Films, "Capitalism: A Love Story" was Moore's least successful movie in theatrical sales, $14.3 million, compared with "Sicko" ($24.5 million) and "Fahrenheit 9/11" ($119 million), and arguably, his worst reviewed (61 out of 100 on Metacritic.com). But the movie, I suspect, is experiencing a huge surge lately in sales, and presumably pirated editions, given its timely subject matter. And Moore doesn't seem to mind whether people are watching legal copies or not.

Indeed, according to the AP today, nine anti-Wall Street protestors were arrested in downtown San Diego while watching a DVD of "Capitalism: A Love Story" when police raided their demonstration.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown said most of the nine arrested at 2 a.m. Monday violated illegal lodging laws that prevent them from setting up tents or sleeping in the city's Civic Center Plaza. One man has been charged with obstructing an officer, and another man who climbed up a tree was charged with vandalism for breaking branches.

No word yet on whether the "Capitalism" DVD they were watching was counterfeit or legit.

When I covered "Capitalism's" Toronto International Festival premiere for the Wall Street Journal Online, Moore told the audience, “There’s no good capitalism,” he said. “Capitalism is an organized system to guarantee that greed becomes the primary force of our economic system and allows the few at the top to get very wealthy and has the rest of us riding around thinking we can be that way, too: If we just work hard enough, sell enough Tupperware and Amway products, we can get a pink Cadillac.”

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