New bill could let parents remove unsuitable content from DVDs

By Derek Sooman on April 21, 2005, 6:03 PM
My Mother has adopted two young girls, one is aged 4 and the other is aged 8 now. I know that I (never mind my Mother) would go completely spare if we found out that they had been exposed to sex, violence or anything distasteful before they were old enough to see something like that. I am not a prude, and recall myself watching horror movies and the like at the age of about 14, but when it comes to under 12s, its just not right to take any chances. Many other people in the world feel exactly the same.

Hopefully, a new bill dubbed the "Family Entertainment and Copyright Act" will have a portion which will make it possible for users to alter movie content for private viewing. This kind of service is already offered by some companies, and makes it possible for you to remove and alter content to make some media into what you think is suitable for your family to view.

A company known as ClearPlay already supplies such a service, but has consequently found itself being sued by eight Hollywood studios and the Director's Guild of America for copyright infringement. This new bill could change all that, and provide a much needed service for parents.

"This is tremendous news for ClearPlay and a real victory for families," CEO Bill Aho said in an official statement. "This ensures that parents will have the tools to control the movie content their families and children see in their own home. And it means ClearPlay has a clear path to more significant business-development opportunities."

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bringinheat said:
I am sooo happy that our government has ignored all the petty issues such as declining economy, war in iraq, high gas prices, unemployment etc to focus on such a major and influencing issue as what we can watch on DVD. I am sure all the frivilous issues above well sort themselves out but the DVD issue needed immediate attention. Another job well done by the bush administration.
lanmark said:
If the parents have issues to what is on the DVD, it is quite simple... DON'T BUY IT. There is a rating system in place to keep parents informed about what is on the media.I think that censorship like this is wrong, it is like Walmart editing music, why even sell it. I think Walmart is funny because they edit music so heavily but you can walk in and buy Grand Theft Auto 3 and other questionable mature rated games which sits right next to the edited music. What, do they think music is worse then video games in which you hook up with prostitutes? humm.Parents should invest more time into being good parents and less time into being extreamly lazy. If they have issues with a movie's content then don't buy it. There shouldn't be a law in place to force movie studios to alter the original presentation of movies.-2 Cents
phantasm66 said:
But what if it is a really good film, it just has one or two dodgy scenes? It is really that bad?(I dunno, I am just asking for more opinions....)
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I prefer movies without gore, sex and profanity. There are such movies out there, Hollywood isn't the only place where movies come from.I was just wondering about that "altering" part. It's easy to skip some seconds or a chapter in a DVD, but to alter it? Like, movies will have different versions for some scenes? Technically it's possible, there already are some discs that have those.
phantasm66 said:
Well, I would imagine that there is some technology that tries to blend in the changes, but I do take your point its not easy to do at all, never mind do well.
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