Why Did Michael Moore Take Someone Else’s Story, Photos and Video and Post Them On His Website?

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls himself a staunch defender of the little guy, except maybe when that little guy has some content he wants to use and he doesn’t want to pay for it.

The filmmaker is stirring up a controversy of his own after he lifted an entire copyrighted news story
and its accompanying video from the “Knoxville News Sentinel” website and re-posted it on MichaelMoore.com without the site’s permission.

On July 5, the “Knoxville News Sentinel” posted a story and a video from reporter Frank Munger and photographer Michael Patrick about peace protesters at the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons facilities in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Patrick shot several photos that were used in a photo gallery.

Days later, the entire story was re-purposed on Michael Moore’s website along with the photo gallery and video. The site linked back to the “Knoxville News,” but removed all credit from the photographs. Moore also reprocessed the video to remove the website’s branding.

“I noticed they had not only taken our video but they edited it a little bit and took off our Knox News logo and uploaded it to their YouTube channel and I e-mailed Michael Moore’s website administrator and told them they were using our photos,” Knoxville News Director of Innovation Jack Lail told Fox411. “I also filed a takedown request on YouTube and by the next afternoon YouTube had it removed. I never heard anything from Moore’s site.”

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Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

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