(AP) President Bush has 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. Mr. Bush signed it privately and without comment. 

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...

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Do you agree with the newly-signed `Family Entertainment and Copyright Act`?
(AP) President Bush has 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. Mr. Bush signed it privately and without comment.

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...

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17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 12:30:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think the new name of it should be the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act Legislation, as it's a bunch of FECAL matter. If movies are offensive to parents, just don't freakin' rent them! There are plenty of sites out there which detail the content of a movie that they can study up on ahead of time.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 12:38:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
lol at the acronym "fecal"..

if you rent the movie, the people who made it get the money either way. if you want to send a message that you don't tolerate the content of a movie, then vote with your wallet.

17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 8:04:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^^Totally agree with both comments!

LOL @ FECAL

17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 8:10:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
LOL, nice one trav! I completely agree.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:10:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
This basically opens the door to pirating movies as a legitimate business in the USA.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:13:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 1:10:29 PM tazwert wrote:
This basically opens the door to pirating movies as a legitimate business in the USA.

How?
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:21:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can see both sides to this issue. I mean, it seems like the rating system is getting more and more lax as time goes on. Even a PG film could have a couple of swear words in it. I've seen a filtering program that reads the subtitles and blocks the appropriate swear word out of the audio track. I think there's nothing wrong with that. I mean, if I'm sitting with a four year old watching the new PG Disney movie, maybe I don't want him to hear "damn it!" or even using "omigawd!"...

On the flip side, I agree. Don't rent a movie that's rated R and then turn around and expect a filtering device to fix it so your kids can watch Striptease.

So I think there should be limits on how much a "filter" can do, so as to protect copyrights, but is it really that much different than manually muting the tv at specific times or manually skipping scenes on a DVD?

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:28:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
When i have a kid I'm gonna cut out all the pictures of women in all the magazines, filter shampoo commercials and anything that could be deemed sexual or offensive or graphic from all the TV Internet and Radio. My kid will no nothing of sex or sexuality or any bad language until the age of 18. I will home school them and they will never leave the house. If they don't grow up to lead a normal well adjusted life it won't be MY fault for sheltering them to death.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:54:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 1:28:46 PM simo9000 wrote:
When i have a kid I'm gonna cut out all the pictures of women in all the magazines, filter shampoo commercials and anything that could be deemed sexual or offensive or graphic from all the TV Internet and Radio. My kid will no nothing of sex or sexuality or any bad language until the age of 18. I will home school them and they will never leave the house. If they don't grow up to lead a normal well adjusted life it won't be MY fault for sheltering them to death.

your kid will hate you.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:59:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 1:54:02 PM magicmage316 wrote:
your kid will hate you.


thats exactly my point.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:01:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 1:28:46 PM simo9000 wrote:
When i have a kid I'm gonna cut out all the pictures of women in all the magazines, filter shampoo commercials and anything that could be deemed sexual or offensive or graphic from all the TV Internet and Radio. My kid will no nothing of sex or sexuality or any bad language until the age of 18. I will home school them and they will never leave the house. If they don't grow up to lead a normal well adjusted life it won't be MY fault for sheltering them to death.

AND your kid will go insane. Trust me, you don't want to do that...It WILL be your fault if you do that to them...did you ever read Mark Twain's story The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg ?
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:05:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Simple.

I'm a writer/director of a movie. If create the screenplay with loads of obscenities and crude behavior to make a point. (I won't go into an exact point since it could be a digression) It is my personal artistic and creative right to do so.

It can be argued that I could have done it without the vulgarities, but this is my choice in my creative expression.

If someone likes the message of the movie, but wants this key element of vulgarities edited out, they are presented with two options: ask for permission to make a version without the vulgarities or "steal" a copy of the movie.

If I choose to strictly enforce a clause in my contract that forbids the redistribution of my films without any written prior consent, then it would be legal for a person who wants a version of the movie to go into a friend's theater and video tape it, then subject it to their editing.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:06:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
No sh*t i was being sarcastic to prove a point that you can't shelter you kids and expect them to be normal. But thats exactly what the act is not only endorsing, but making easier.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:14:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think a better way of "cleaning up" movies is to encourage people to make movies that do not rely heavily on vulgar or shocking behavior for "artistic effect".

It is easy to feel entertained by a movie with shock value or "freakshow behavior", but you probably forget about it after a while.

I personally prefer movies that I end up thinking about alot. I saw THE HOURS and told my wife that it was very anti-male, she didn't understand why and I kept thinking of how it could support males. I haven't reached any conclusion on it yet.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:17:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they start making movies that are all watered down nobody will go see them.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:20:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wasn't exposed to such things as a child, but then again, when I was a child there was a lot less blatant sexuality and profanity than what is "acceptable" today. I do shelter my kids from a lot of things. Both of my older kids know what sex is, how their bodies work. It is possible to raise well adjusted normal kids without them having to be exposed to all types of vulgarities. I don't have a problem with a device to clean up a movie that parents find offensive, but it saddens me to think that such a thing is needed. If parents take offense to their children seeing some things, then don't rent the movie. Seems simple to me. If my husband and I want to watch a non-kid-friendly movie, we wait until they go to bed or are not home. When will parents wake up and realize it is their responsibility, not the film/radio/tv/government's?
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:24:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now, I do have exceptions to my own rule, movies like Pay It Forward: there was profanity, violence, etc... but the message was a very good one. I let my then 11 year old son watch it. My now 13 year old son has seen The Passion, but my 10 year old daughter I don't feel to be mature enough to handle it. There can be good in movies that have a message to them, even when the violence level is high.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:25:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't.
What next? Censor Herbal Essences commercials?
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:26:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ you haven't proved to be well adjusted... you may just think that.

You may very well be well adjusted but the point is this device makes it way to easy to shelter kids. Sheltered kids = repressed adults.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:26:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
*to jsjek
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:26:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
simo bud, give me an example of how I am not well adjusted.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:28:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
"What next? Censor Herbal Essences commercials?"

LOL, yeah, and that stupid miracle whip one with the stripper guy......

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:30:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 2:28:35 PM jsjek wrote:
"What next? Censor Herbal Essences commercials?" LOL, yeah, and that stupid miracle whip one with the stripper guy......

Since most people pay for TV now (either through cable or satellite) why not have channels on those pay services be commerical free 100% of the time?

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:31:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 2:17:30 PM simo9000 wrote:
If they start making movies that are all watered down nobody will go see them.

There is a difference between "watered down" and "creatively enjoyable". The issue is that it takes as much talent to tell the same story in both offensive and non-offensive ways.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 2:31:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2005 2:26:59 PM jsjek wrote:
simo bud, give me an example of how I am not well adjusted.

i was joking.


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