Saturday, March 28, 2009

Analysis of Running Man Dismissal

(Held, “bizarre and offensive” behavior is a matter of public interest)

The federal judge granting dismissal -- see .pdf file above -- ruled that the film was not a “commercial” use because of its “newsworthiness,” broadly defined as including “social trends or any subject of public interest.” She also noted, “what is one man’s amusement, teaches another’s doctrine.”

She referred to the 13-second scene in which the plaintiff runs in apparent terror as the "culmination" of a series of scenes in which New Yorkers express understandable revulsion and surprise at Borat’s antics, which include washing his over-sized underpants in Central Park, and relieving himself (No. 2) outside of the Trump building.

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