Michael Moore’s documentary Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube for ‘copyright infringement’.
The controversial documentary, which saw Michael, 66, team up with writer and producer Jeff Gibbs to create it, had been streaming for free online and had gained over 8.3million views in just a month on YouTube.
Planet of the Human argues that sources of green energy, such as wind and solar power, are unsustainable and the film was taken down from YouTube after a copyright claim was lodged against it.
Deadline reports the claim is referring to a four-second clip included in the film showing a mining operation for rare earth metals.
Gibbs has contested the claim and says the footage was used under ‘fair use’ – an exception used in copyright law.
He has vowed to get the film back up as soon as possible and told the publication he thinks the complaint is a ‘blatant act of censorship’.
Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs worked together on the controversial documentary
His statement read: ‘This attempt to take down our film and prevent the public from seeing it is a blatant act of censorship by political critics of Planet of the Humans.
‘It is a misuse of copyright law to shut down a film that has opened a serious conversation about how parts of the environmental movement have gotten into bed with Wall Street and so-called ‘green capitalists.’ There is absolutely no copyright violation in my film.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Michael’s rep for further comment.
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It’s believed filmmakers Moore and Gibbs have decided to dispute the claim through YouTube.
The pair, who are known for being climate change deniers, have caused quite the stir with their doc, as it claims green energy resources can’t save the planet from global warming and raises questions over financial conflicts between leading environmentalists.
Josh Fox, who directed Gasland, had led a Twitter campaign to have the film retracted as he claimed it is ‘misleading’ and ‘absurd’.
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