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Writers Guild Rings In On Movie Editing Battle

4 Sep, 2002 By: Staff Reporter

The Writers Guild of America West yesterday threw its support behind the Directors Guild of America after a pre-emptive legal strike was made against 16 of Hollywood's best-known directors by CleanFlicks over third-party editing of DVDs and videocassettes.

"We are astounded that a company would target some of our country's most esteemed directors in a misguided effort to claim a right to alter artistic work for commercial exploitation," WGAW president Victoria Riskin said, referring to CleanFlicks Llc. of Colorado's suit.

The suit was filed last week in a Denver federal court asking a judge to determine whether the company has a First Amendment right to edit videos for private use.

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