What part of "blanket permission to download" do Michael Moore's lawyers not get?

Michael Moore released his latest film Slacker Uprising for free, over the web (note: don’t click on that link if you live outside of the US or Canada or his lawyers will yell at us again). On the download page for the film Mr. Moore has this to say:

“I’m giving you my blanket permission to not only download it, but also to email it, burn it, and share it with anyone and everyone (in the U.S. and Canada only). I want you to use ‘Slacker Uprising’ in any way you see fit to help with the election or to do the work that you do in your community. You can show my film in your local theater, your high school classroom, your college auditorium, your church, union hall or community center. You can have your friends and neighbors over to the house for a viewing. You can broadcast it on TV, on cable access, on regular channels or on the web. It’s completely free — I don’t want to see a dime from this. And if you want, you can charge admission or ask for a donation if it’s to raise money for a candidate, a voter drive, or for any non-profit or educational purpose. In other words — it’s yours!”

So, why are his lawyers demanding we take action regarding a torrent posted on a DNS hosting client’s website? We received the following takedown request via Fedex today:


EasyDNS web site maintenance


On Sunday September the 21st at 6:00am until 12:00pm, The EasyDNS systems administration staff will be doing a major upgrade of our web serving infrastructure.

This move will impact the following sites;

– http(s)://members.easydns.com/ – The members interface.
– https://secure.easydns.com/
– http://support.easydns.com/
– http://www.easydns.com/

This move will also impact dynamic DNS propagation.

This move will increase the responsiveness of our member’s interface. The stability of our members interface is already pretty good :-) but this move will also further improve the stability of our members interface.

Telephone Support

Telephone support will be unavailable on Saturday September 6th, 2008.
Please contact support@easydns.com and billing@easydns.com.

We do apologise for the inconvenience.