Steve Perry and Jordan Segall on an Overlooked First Amendment Milestone

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Steven M. Perry and Jordan D. Segall authored an article in the May 2016 edition of the Media Law Resource Center Bulletin titled “An Overlooked First Amendment Milestone: The Copyright Fight Over the Rodney King Beating Video.”

The article focuses on a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by George Holliday, the man who videotaped the beating of Mr. King in Los Angeles on March 3, 1991. Described as “a landmark event,” the lawsuit resulted in a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Irving Hill that the First Amendment provided an independent defense to a copyright claim. The article notes that Hill’s ruling was the first time that a judge had made such a finding.

This article describes the court’s opinion granting summary judgment for the defendants, Holliday’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit and the parties’ eventual settlement. The authors also explore the current relevance of Judge Hill’s analysis.

To read the full article, click here.

Mr. Perry is a litigation partner in Munger Tolles’ Los Angeles office; he represents clients in a wide array of industries in complex commercial, antitrust, tort and intellectual property matters. He represented ABC and CBS in Holliday v. CNN.

Mr. Segall is a litigation associate in Munger Tolles’ Los Angeles office.