[NetBehaviour] Your Handy Home Censorship Kit

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 26 12:25:54 CEST 2005

*Your Handy Home Censorship Kit*

By Zack Pelta-Heller, AlterNet. Posted May 26, 2005.

Imagine watching When Harry Met Sally without Meg Ryan's orgasmic deli 
scene, or The Shining without Jack Nicholson uncovering the horrors of 
Room 237. Imagine watching The Godfather, only Jack Woltz never wakes to 
a bloody horse head.

To true cinephiles, the absence of such iconic moments might ruin these 
films completely. To directors and Hollywood studios, such modifications 
are gross violations of copyright laws and artistic visions. Yet to Bill 
Aho, CEO of ClearPlay, these classic scenes epitomize the kind of 
degenerate sex, violence and foul language of Hollywood entertainment 
that consumers should have the power to purge from their movies.

"It's really a matter of personal choice in your home," Aho told me. 
"Should you have the right to experience media your way, or should the 
preferences of the director follow you into the living room?"

Aho is not alone. Bowing to the growing number of Americans who demand 
"family-friendly" entertainment, President Bush signed the Family 
Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA) a couple of weeks ago. On the 
whole, this legislation benefits Hollywood by making it a federal crime 
to videotape films in movie theaters. FECA also imposes stiff penalties 
of up to 10 years in prison for anyone caught distributing movies or 
songs prior to their commercial release dates. The part that has the 
Directors Guild of America (DGA) up in arms, however, is the 
controversial Family Movie Act.

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