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Recent U.S. Court Rulings Have Out Video Crews on Alert

AYENI v. CBS: In 1992, a television crew from the CBS show Street Stories accompanied U.S. Secret Service agents raiding the Brooklyn home of Babatunde Ayeni. Although CBS never aired the footage, Ayeni sued CBS for an unconstitutional seizure of private...
October 1, 2000

AYENI v. CBS: In 1992, a television crew from the CBS show Street Stories accompanied U.S. Secret Service agents raiding the Brooklyn home of Babatunde Ayeni. Although CBS never aired the footage, Ayeni sued CBS for an unconstitutional seizure of private images. The District Court ruled in favor of Ayeni and CBS made a confidential settlement with the family.

HANLON v. BERGER: U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents took a CNN camera crew while executing a 1993 search warrant on Paul and Erma Berger’s Montana ranch. The Bergers sued the agents for violating their Fourth Amendment protection against ‘unreasonable search and seizure’. In 1999 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Bergers.

None of the crews in the above cases were working with release forms.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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