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31 Rutgers L.J. 173 (1999-2000)
Motion Picture Copyright Infringement and the Presumption of Irreparable Harm: Toward a Reevaluation of the Standard for Preliminary Injunctive Relief

handle is hein.journals/rutlj31 and id is 195 raw text is: MOTION PICTURE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND
THE PRESUMPTION OF IRREPARABLE HARM:
TOWARD A REEVALUATION OF THE STANDARD FOR
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
K.J. Greene*
I.  THE CONTEXT OF MOTION PICTURE COPYRIGHT LITIGATION ............. 178
A. The Structure of Film-Making ........................................................ 178
B. How Motion Picture Copyright Litigation Arises .......................... 181
1. Literary Plagiarism: The Amistad Scenario ......................... 184
2. Use of Copyrighted Work Within a Motion Picture:
The 12  M onkeys  Scenario .................................................... 187
3. Digital Alteration of a Copyrighted Work Used Within
a Motion Picture: The Devil's Advocate Scenario .............. 188
II. STANDARDS FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF ................................................... 191
A .  G enerally  ........................................................................................ 19 1
B. Standards in Copyright/Intellectual Property Cases ..................... 193
C. Injunctive Relief in Other Intellectual Property Contexts ............. 195
III. POLICY/THEORETICAL BASES OF INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
IN  COPYRIGHT   CASES ........................................................................... 197
A .  Econom ic  A nalysis  ......................................................................... 197
1.  Efficiency  Theory  ...................................................................... 198
2.  Incentive  Theory  ....................................................................... 200
3.  V aluation  Theory ....................................................................... 201
IV. MORAL AND MORAL RIGHTS APPROACHES ......................................... 204
V .  C ONCLUSION  ......................................................................................... 207
Copyright infringement lawsuits by authors and artists have routinely
followed the release of major motion pictures in recent years. Recent
*   Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, Cal.; J.D. Yale,
1989. The author would like to acknowledge Tom Selz and Arthur Ginsburg for their insights
into the workings of the motion picture industry while an associate at Frankfurt, Garbus,
Klein & Selz in New York. Also, I would like to acknowledge valuable comments provided
by Professors Robert Denicola and Paul Goldstein, and from Steve Madsen at Cravath,
Swaine & Moore. I would also like to thank Raquel Greene for her tireless encouragement
and support. Any errors/omissions are my own.
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