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In 1915, Independent filmmakers fled from New Jersey to California, both for the advantageous climate and to get away from Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patent Company, whose heavy-handed demands included the use of Mob thugs to demand payments on cameras, projectors, and the films themselves. Edison’s thugs often destroyed movie sets because he felt that he owned the rights to any and all film made since he filed the first patent for the motion picture camera.

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