Citing Clichés, Judge Boots 'Nightcrawler' Copyright Case

Law360 (August 20, 2019, 4:05 PM EDT) -- Phrases like "if it bleeds, it leads" are commonplace in stringer films, a Utah federal judge ruled Monday, tossing a copyright suit alleging the 2014 Jake Gyllenhaal film "Nightcrawler" copied a lesser-known 2007 film called "Falling."

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said Bold Films and NBCUniversal Media LLC's "Nightcrawler" and independent filmmaker Richard Dutcher's "Falling" were both about Los Angeles-based freelance news videographers, or stringers, who search for and obtain increasingly violent footage, but that the similarities between the two movies weren't covered by copyright law.

In addition to "cliché journalism phrases," the similarities in characters and plot sequences are not...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Attached Documents

Related Sections

Case Information

Case Title

Subscribers Only

Case Number

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Nature of Suit

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Date Filed

Subscribers Only

Law Firms


Government Agencies

Judge Analytics

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!