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As Trial Nears, 9th Circuit Court Accused Of Favoring Hollywood

It is hard to live many years out here without being inured to the blandishments of Hollywood." (For the record, Kozinski, or Bachelor No. 2, got the date.) He holds movie nights at the 9th Circuit courthouses in Pasadena, San Francisco and occasionally Seattle, where judges and lawyers pitch in for pizza and beer, watch films and hear from scriptwriters and other industry insiders about the movies. Director George Lucas used to provide the court with films before they came out on DVDs, he said, and Kozinski has dined with Clint Eastwood , "a very sweet, humble guy." He said it is important to protect the rights of ownership to speech because it encourages more speech. If speech is not protected by copyright, he warned, there will be less incentive to produce it. "It's a fine balance, and all my colleagues are quite sensitive to it," he said. "The best way to hurt the system is to favor one side or the other." David Nimmer, an expert on copyright law who teaches at UCLA, said the 9th Circuit has a "spotty record" on copyright law, but that doesn't mean the studios always win. In 2010, the 9th Circuit ruled against a studio in a breach-of-contract claim by two screenwriters who said the movie "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise was based on their kim kardashian kim kardashian screenplay. The court also sided with music file-sharing program Grokster in 2004, saying it was not liable for users' copyright infringement. <br>Source:,0,3465326.story

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