Sitting through that crawl of credits that concludes a movie — clapping, perhaps, in recognition of  a friend’s name —  is an idiosyncratic ritual of Los Angeles life for many, like turning left on red or anointing highways with that definitive article “the” (e.g. the 101) or praying for an earlier Southwest flight out of Las Vegas on a Sunday morning. Even legal language gets transformed in this industry town, elevated and burned into popular consciousness, as has occurred with the American Humane Association’s trademarked, 75-year-old end- disclaimer “No animals were harmed…” So how burned into our collective brains have certain turns of law become — maybe sufficiently so they readily can be mocked, as Twentieth Century Fox did with its 2006 warning at the end of Borat:  “Selling piratings of this movie disc will result in punishment by crushing.” For a little legal levity, credit’s surely due to the Hollywood Reporter for its creative collection of the “Top 10 Legal Disclaimers in Hollywood.”

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