Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


For years, movie distributors have used "blind bidding," a licensing method under which an exhibitor bid and negotiated sight unseen, for the right to exhibit a motion picture. This article presents a comprehensive survey of state statutes, known as "trade screening laws," which have attempted to make the licensing process more open and fair. By examining the restrictions and prohibitions contained in the various statutes, this survey is directed at assisting legislators who seek to enact or revise trade screening laws.