Michael Moore's new movie Slacker Uprising was released online as a free download today, a gesture that is supposed to get people excited in the upcoming presidential election. The Slacker Uprising website quotes Michael Moore with the following words:

"This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans. The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November."


The Slacker Uprising trailer.

Moore uses Blip to stream the entire movie online. Hypernia, a company that is usually more active in the game delivery space, provides web hosting for downloadable DivX and MP4 versions. But that's not all: Moore is also running his own tracker to offer offering Bittorrent downloads of the film through a number of public trackers like the one operated by the Pirate Bay.

pic of slacker uprising download

Unfortunately, all of those offerings are only officially available for US and Canadian users. Visitors with IP addresses from outside of the northern American hemisphere instead get to see the following notice:

"Unfortunately, the lawyers tell us we are only allowed to offer the film to people residing in the United States or Canada. The computers think you are someplace else right now, and that's why you are seeing this page. If you really are in the U.S. or Canada and our computers are confused, you may try accessing the website from a different network, at a friends house, etc. We're very sorry for the inconvenience, and really want as many people to see the film as possible."


The sentiment expressed in the last sentence is apparently shared by file sharing enthusiasts, who have already started to distribute copies of the movie on torrent sites on their own. The movie has only been up only been up for a few hours, but it's already clear that it will be very popular: The Pirate Bay currently shows 624 seeders and 2309 leechers.

Updated to clarify that Moore is actually not operating his own tracker.
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