Michael Moore has broken with the establishment once again by welcoming the appearance of pirated copies of his movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, on the Internet.

Moore says he is happy to see his movie – which original owners Disney chose not to distribute – reach anybody free of charge.

He told the Sunday Herald: “I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labour. I would oppose that.

“I do well enough already and I made this film because I want the world to change. The more people who see it the better, so I’m happy this is happening.”

Movie moguls are unhappy at Moore's stance, the report claims, though the director said: "I think information, art and ideas should be shared."