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Posted Fri Jan 14 2011: from Reuters:
Filmmaker must surrender Chevron footage: court
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's order that a filmmaker must hand over to Chevron Corp raw footage from a documentary as part of a legal fight over oil pollution in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. At stake in the 17-year-old case are $27 billion in damages and clean-up costs the Ecuadorian government is claiming from Chevron. Indigenous communities accuse the oil company Texaco -- taken over by Chevron in 2001 -- of damaging their health and environment by polluting rivers. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger had argued that raw footage from his documentary "Crude" was a form of journalism and was therefore protected by press privileges.
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'Doc Michael says:
Chevron is some kind of monster!
("Some Kind of Monster" is Joe Berlinger's 2004 film about Metallica.) The same day this story came out, Associated Press reported Chevron had "the largest quarterly profit in its 129-year corporate history": $7.89 billion.

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