Independent Studios Sue MPAA Over Screener Videos

Law360, New York (November 26, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Fourteen independent film studios have filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan against the Motion Picture Association of America to force the trade group to allow the distribution of "screener" videos to cinematic award voters.

U.S. District Judge Michael B. Mukasey will hold a hearing on Wednesday concerning a request for a temporary restraining order in the matter.

The plaintiffs charge that the MPAA is conspiring with major film studios to erect a barrier to fair competition by prohibiting the distribution of advance copies...
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