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Bush signs DVD filtering measure

Posted By: IceMyst

Bush signs DVD filtering measure - 04/28/05 10:18 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs.

The bill gives legal protections to the fledgling filtering technology that helps parents automatically skip or mute sections of commercial movie DVDs. Bush signed it privately and without comment, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

The legislation came about because Hollywood studios and directors had sued to stop the manufacture and distribution of such electronic devices for DVD players. The movies' creators had argued that changing the content -- even when it is considered offensive -- would violate their copyrights.

The legislation, called the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, creates an exemption in copyright laws to make sure companies selling filtering technology won't get sued out of existence.

Critics of the bill have argued it was aimed at helping one company, Utah-based ClearPlay Inc., whose technology is used in some DVD players. ClearPlay sells filters for hundreds of movies that can be added to such DVD players for $4.95 each month. Hollywood executives maintain that ClearPlay should pay them licensing fees for altering their creative efforts.

Unlike ClearPlay, some other companies produce edited DVD copies of popular movies and sell them directly to consumers.

In a nod to the studios, the legislation contains crackdowns on copyright infringement by explicitly providing no legal protections for those companies that sell copies of the edited movies, creating new penalties for criminals who use small videocameras to record copies of first-run films in movie theaters, and setting tough penalties for anyone caught distributing a movie or song prior to its commercial release.

The legislation also reauthorizes a Library of Congress program dedicated to saving rare, culturally significant works, such as home movies, silent-era films and other works that are unlikely to be protected by the big studios.

Posted By: pergesu

Re: Bush signs DVD filtering measure - 04/28/05 08:44 PM

Uh, here's an idea.


America would be far less [censored] up if parents spent some time with their kids, rather than sitting them in front of a tv all day.

Better yet, let them go outside and play war! No, they're not going to grow up accustomed to violence. For years, boys have fought with each other when they were little, and we didn't have any problems with school shootings until people started babying the pussies, telling them it's not their fault.

If you're little and get your [censored] kicked, you know you either gotta stop doin whatever you did to piss the guy off, or you go kick his [censored]. It's how we learn, and it produces decent people that understand the consequences of [censored] kicking.

Man, that went on a tad bit further than I expected. Well, a lot further, like the entire last two paragraphs. Not including this one.
Posted By: Gremelin

Re: Bush signs DVD filtering measure - 04/28/05 11:38 PM

Lol, what ever happened to the VChip lol... When I got my new TV i coudln't watch anything over G until I figured out how to disable the [censored]...

But I agree with perg, why aren't these parents spending tme with their children? I know that my kids and I will spend many hours of quality time sitting in front of a movie eating popcorn (mainly because i work from my couch but still)...
Posted By: pergesu

Re: Bush signs DVD filtering measure - 04/30/05 05:11 PM

Originally posted by Gizmo:
I know that my kids and I will spend many hours of quality time sitting in front of a movie eating popcorn
kidS?! God have mercy
Posted By: IceMyst

Re: Bush signs DVD filtering measure - 04/30/05 09:24 PM

yes kids perg. we're going to be having one in just 3 short months and they're going to grow up on gummi bears, fraggle rock, tiny toons and some other classic shows compaired to the crap that's on cartoon network and disney (ed, edd, eddy comes to mind first when i think crap *shudders*)
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