Julie Ahrens, an attorney for the amici, noted Tuesday that the MPAA, the International Documentary Association and Film Independent aren't always necessarily on the same side of the fair use issue. The fact that they all teamed up in this case testifies to the importance of the kind of uses that could be affected by the appeals court's ruling, as well as the well-settled state of the legal precedent in this area, she said.
“We don't want the Fourth Circuit to jeopardize that case law,” she told Law360.
Attorneys for Bouchat, the NFL and Ravens could not be immediately reached Tuesday evening for comment.
The MPAA and other amici are represented Julie A. Ahrens and Timothy Greene of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.