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Director Accepts Limits on Chevron to Footage

When a judge ordered a documentary filmmaker in May to turn over to Chevron all the unused footage from his 2009 film…the director, Joe Berlinger, called the ruling “a trampling of the First Amendment...” But when an appeals court modified that ruling on Thursday, ordering Mr. Berlinger to hand over some of those outtakes to Chevron, he applauded. The new ruling, he said, had “preserved the basic standards for nonconfidential material.” He said he did not expect to pursue any further appeals…The panel ruled that Mr. Berlinger must turn over to Chevron “all footage that does not appear in publicly released versions of ‘Crude’ ” that depict the lawyers for the Ecuadorean plaintiffs, private or court-appointed experts or current or former Ecuadorean government officials. Chevron may use this footage “solely for litigation, arbitration or submission to official bodies, either local or international,” the order said...