Byers v. Edmonson Analysis by Ford Fischer | Lindsay Maizland | April 23, 2016


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Byers v. Edmonson Analysis by Ford Fischer

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In March of 1995, Sarah Edmondson and her boyfriend Benjamin James Darras watched Natural Born Killers, then killed one person and severely injured another. When the victims' families filed suit, they named the filmmakers as a defendant and claimed that they were also responsible for inspiring the act. The court ultimately held that filmmaking is protected speech even if it may inspire violence.


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    When a young couple murders one and severely injures another, do the victims have a tort against a filmmaker who potentially inspired them? In Byers v. Edmondson, the courts found that Oliver Stone could not be held liable for his film inspiring violence. This video summarizes the case and its conclusion.

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April 23, 2016

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