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‘Nightcrawler’ Doesn’t Copy Earlier Los Angeles Stringer Movie

Aug. 20, 2019, 2:48 PM

The 2014 film “Nightcrawler” isn’t substantially similar to the 2007 film “Falling” even though both are about freelance videographers who use police scanners to search for crime to film, the District of Utah said Aug. 19.

After filtering out the unprotectable “stock” elements of “Falling,” no reasonable jury could find that “Nightcrawler” infringed its copyright, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah said.

Richard Dutcher made “Falling” in 2007, which is about a Los Angeles freelance news videographer, also known as a “stringer.” The main character “records progressively more violent and distressing scenes throughout the film until he...

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