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'The Cove' director fights lawsuit by Japanese scientist

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The professor is now embarrassed by the publicity the film has generated, something he no doubt neglected to consider when agreeing to be interviewed by a group he no doubt initially assessed as relatively harmless. It's worrisome the producers can't find his release papers, however, as in a court of law they would serve to negate any claims.

The most perverse thing about Taiji is that it celebrates and profits from the dolphins commercially during summer, then turns around and allows them to be slaughtered viciously for food no one is especially interested in eating.

And the fishermen's attempt to protect their alleged 'traditions' amounts to 'we do this because we do this.' The real irritation, of course, is having non-Japanese voice their repugnance and being taken seriously in the heartland of Japan.

May the professor lose.

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I was always led to believe that Japan is a harmonious people/society, but they are more sue -happy than Americans now. There should be more arbitration, because for every problem there is a solution. Talk it out, reach a happy medium in a calm ,collected, civilized manner.

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How can the producers of The Cove be disputed? They are so so correct everytime when it comes to the welfare of whales and dolphins. Let them cry in their milk. Tough Luck.

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Let's hope the relevant papers come to light.

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cleo,

Obviously, the professor is suffering from a case of 'buyer's remorse'. However, if there are no release papers to be found. He will probably win the right to have his portion taken out.

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A handful of dolphins has been saved to sell to aquariums

= A handful of dolphins has been sold into slavery.

If the professor didn't agree to be in the film, what was he doing standing in front of the cameras giving interviews? If he thought what he was saying would tarnish his reputation, why did he say it? Is he now saying that what he said then was incorrect?

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2020hindsight,

If there are no release papers, they can't use his footage. Whether they will have to pay money as a result is possibly a different matter.

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2020hindsight: I agree with you 100%, but sadly we are talking about Japan here, and Japan feels terribly victimized by this documentary. As such it's entirely possible that Japanese courts would find in favour of the professor and the footage be removed (in Japan, at any rate).

We'll see what happens. If he DOES have release papers, though, that's the end of it.

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No need for release papers. This is about the professor claiming that his reputation is tarnished by what he said. There is only one person to blame there! The professor will lose.

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The guy is embarrassed, and that's all. He wouldn't be on there, in an interview if he had not agreed to it in the first place. Now that the film's such a success and creating a massive stir, the guy's simply embarrassed by what he said, and now reacting like an infant.

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The director is going to lose this case if he truly does not have any release papers. It is common sense to get that signature.

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This professor is a total joke. All he really wants is to get a lot of money from the movie because it was a successful movie that made a lot of money while telling the truth on what is really going on in Japan. This law suit should be thrown out of court and this professor should be fired all at once.

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But the government warns pregnant women against eating whale and dolphin meat because of the toxins.

All that culturally justified rubbish ends with the above statement. Classic! - It's no different to eating beef or pork, except for the high levels of toxins, of course. I wonder who is pushing this guys buttons to make him change his mind two years after the event.

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Endo said he never signed release forms...... "

Psihoyos believes Endo’s comments are key in winning Japanese to his message, and he wants Japanese to see his movie, uncensored. He acknowledged he cannot find Endo’s release forms.

It certainly looks like director, Louie Psihoyos is going to lose this lawsuit and will pay, at the very least, 11 million yen. He might try to pay more to get Endo to allow his comments to stay in the film.

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Lack of Release Form will be a critical factor in this lawsuit—once the case is taken over by lawyers its all legalese. Its not looking good the movie director.

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If the professor has no interest in being in the movie and never signed the release forms, why did he stand in front of the cameras and give his commentary? The film company should counter-sue for the wasted production time and costs the professer created.

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