Indies Sue Hollywood Over Screeners

Ever since Hollywood banned the use of “screeners” – advance copies of films distributed to critics on DVD – movie folk who make their livings outside the world of big corporate studios have been crying foul. This week, the small-timers fought back, filing a lawsuit to overturn the industry ban. “More than a dozen companies joined in the lawsuit against the movie studios’ trade group in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Monday, saying the partial ban will ‘chill the financing of independent films’ by limiting the awards they can receive.”