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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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