Just because the movie may or may not have had bars on it does NOT make it technically a widescreen version. You cant arbitrarily crop more of the picture and make it 16:9 and call it so. One of the reasons most movies on tv and on vhs/ dvd have the disclaimer now “this movie has been altered to fit your television screen”, is to avoid incidents such as this. Now if it had that disclaimer then this is a nonstarter. I have to disagree with most of what jeffmd said however. Yes while shooting the camera does has the lbmarkers, but no matter how you shoot, unless your trying to shoot for 4:3 you are going to lose some information in the transition from wide to full. A 4:3 is not going to show you 16:9 information, whether you remove the bars or not, and there are no bars to remove on a widescreen tv. But again, what the individuals lawyer is saying is that there is even less information in the widescreen than the fullscreen, that not only makes him right (if thats the case), but he will also win, because the definition (i may be wrong on that, it may just be our assumptions of what WS means) of a wide screen is more than just 16:9 aspect ratio. So i guess i actually disagree with everything you said, but in an agreeable manner.