Planet Of The Humans has been removed from YouTube over four seconds of material contained within it – and its director isn’t happy about it.

Well, this should pour a few flames on the metaphorical fire.

Earlier this year, filmmaker Michael Moore released the latest movie he was involved in – Planet Of The Humans – direct to YouTube entirely free of charge. The film, written and directed by Jeff Gibbs, with Moore producing, had notched up over eight million views since it was made live. The environmental documentary had attracted pushback and controversy, as films involving Moore tend to do. But still: it got conversations moving, as presumably was the intention behind it.

Those conversations are likely to continue with the news that the movie has been taken off YouTube. This is said to be over a copyright complaint relating to apparently four seconds of material within the movie.

Gibbs has reacted with some anger to this, telling Deadline that “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”.

He added that “it is a misuse of copyright law to shutdown 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. This is just another attempt by the film’s opponents to subvert the right to free speech”.

The film has now been made available for free on Vimeo instead, as differences and problems with YouTube attempt to be resolved. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can find the movie here.

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