Michael Moore advocates universal health care, but what does he think about free movies?
The controversial filmmaker will have to deal with that question after a report in Advertising Age that "Sicko," his new documentary on the failings of the U.S. health care system, has been pirated and is widely available for free downloading on the Web.
An Ad Age reporter said he was able to download and watch the film, which won't officially be released for two weeks, "with ease" last night.
Moore, who had worried that the U.S. government might try to suppress "Sicko" because of an allegedly unauthorized trip he took to Cuba, now faces "every film maker's worst marketing nightmare … how to persuade people to go to the theater to see a show that's available free on the Internet."
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