I have to say. I'm not sure what to think about the Berlinger case. He loses his appeal, complies with the court's order to hand over some of the out takes, and says he's happy to comply. I know it's easy for me to say he should have gone to the mat (or in this case, jail) on principal (doesn't matter which one, just fight dammit), but I haven't read a good accounting of what happened. If anyone has read anything longer than what was on the PBS "Need to Know" page I'd like to read it.
However, I am getting weary of sending money to these filmmakers for their legal battles and then the battle never happens, like the case of the filmmakers who made "Bananas" and were attacked by the Dole Corp. With Robert Redford and a huge chunk of the filmmaking community behind him, I think Berlinger could have taken it to the Supreme Court if he had wanted to. But then again, I'm not sure.