'Hurt Locker' Shielded By Free Speech, 9th Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (August 23, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT) -- Director Kathryn Bigelow and others urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to nix a U.S. Army veteran's right of publicity suit claiming his life was unfairly turned into war film “The Hurt Locker,” saying the movie's use of soldiers' personal experiences was transformative.

In a brief filed Wednesday, Bigelow, film studio Summit Entertainment LLC, writer Mark Boal and others involved in the film argue that the general aspects of Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver’s life used in the movie are protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of...
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