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Andrew Bridges wasn’t making headway in court, so he decided to take his battle against the motion picture industry to another place run mostly by ex-lawyers — Capitol Hill. The Winston & Strawn partner helped draft legislation that exempts movie filtering technology from claims of copyright or trademark infringement. Passed into law last month, the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 ends litigation against his client, Salt Lake City-based ClearPlay Inc. “Nothing excites me like standing up in court,” Bridges said. “But I’m pleased with the result” of the legislative approach. A group of 16 prominent directors and seven motion picture studios sued ClearPlay and other DVD editing companies nearly three years ago. The directors claimed the editing violates their trademarks by mutilating and diluting their movies, and the studios argued it infringes their copyrights by creating derivative works. The editing companies had requested summary judgment in the case, Huntsman v. Soderbergh, 02-1662. But Bridges said the Denver district court was taking so long he turned to Congress for help. “The motion for summary judgment was pending for more than a year and a half,” Bridges said. “Who would have thought Congress would be faster than a district court?” Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced a version of the bill that Bridges helped craft last year. The measure nearly passed, but died at the end of the term. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, sponsored a new version of the bill this year. Bridges negotiated the terms of the bill, squaring off against the Motion Picture Association of America, The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. They accepted the bill when a provision was added that makes it illegal to record a motion picture in a movie theater.

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