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28 Apr 2010

David Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron wants unused film on Ecuador dispute

Chevron has gone to court seeking the unused footage from a documentary film about the $27 billion lawsuit against the oil company in Ecuador. Chevron…has asked a federal judge in New York to force filmmaker Joe Berlinger to grant the company access to more than 600 hours of footage left out of the movie "Crude"...Berlinger is fighting the company's request…Chevron wants to see whether Berlinger's raw footage contains any material that could help the company, said spokesman Kent Robertson...Berlinger said his unused footage should be protected in the same way as a reporter's unpublished notes. "I would be equally resistant if the plaintiffs had been subpoenaing me," he said. "There's an important First Amendment principle to defend…"...