Bloomberg News

According to Wall Street lore, billionaire fund manager Paul Tudor Jones hated the 1987 PBS documentary about him, “Trader,” so much that he bought up all the videotape copies in existence and asked the public network to stop airing it.

But he apparently didn’t get all the copies. The result has been a cat-and-mouse game in the ensuing years between finance gearheads undefined who idolize the movie for its adrenaline-fueled scenes of an aggressive young Mr. Jones, then 32, winning and losing millions in markets for bonds, stock futures, oil and currencies – and an opaque Delaware company called Top Tick Productions that files copyright complaints whenever the film pops up on file-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

In the most recent iteration, someone calling themselves “52zzz53” posted the video to YouTube in July under the heading “Rare trader film,” where it quietly gathered 221 views until Top Tick filed a copyright claim and had it removed late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. It appeared to have been recorded from Asian television, as Hanji characters occasionally appear in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Similarly little is disclosed about “52zzz53,” but the person seems to be a currency trader of some kind, based on the moniker that bears passing resemblance to a bid-ask spread and comments posted to a handful of foreign exchange trading sites.

In the film, Mr. Jones revels in the subterfuge sometimes inherent in trading, telling a professed friend and fellow trader on the phone that he does not know who placed a large trade in the oil market when in fact he had done it himself, adding that he hopes people believe “some wild … Arab” did it. In another scene, Mr. Jones pulls on a pair of Bruce Willis’ high-top sneakers that he bought at a charity auction, saying the market rallies whenever he wears them and proclaims of Mr. Willis: “The man’s a stud.”

It also highlights his early prediction of the 1987 market crash, which Mr. Jones profited from handsomely, as well as skiing in Gstaad and working out on an ergometer undefined essentially a stationary bicycle for your arms.

The movie may also appeal to an older generation of traders, recalling a time when matching bright-red suspenders and ties were de rigueur fashion on Wall Street, bond prices were quoted on bubble-shaped “green screens” long since replaced by banks of flat-panel monitors and bid-ask spreads – the amount collected by middlemen in deals undefined were as high as 20 cents a share; they’re now a penny at best.