Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Content Cleaning Software Angers The Entertainment Industry

from the same-story,-different-angle dept

Yet another article talking about how upset movie directors are that there are products out there allowing people to alter movies for their own viewing pleasure. The products are generally designed to make movies more "family friendly", but the directors say it's copyright infringment. Of course, that's tough to back up when the movie studios often edit the movies themselves to make "family friendly" copies for airplanes and TV. The article suggests that if the studios simply started adding the officially edited versions to the DVDs they sold, it would quickly put the software makers out of business. Of course, I don't see what's wrong with being able to edit a movie for your own personal viewing. By letting people edit the movies so it fits their own criteria, they're actually encouraging more people to buy the movie.

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    Chris, 3 Feb 2003 @ 11:16am

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    Not that this is a surprise, but they are missing a huge opportunity here. For example, I'd pay a little extra for the ability to record my own Mystery Science Theatre 3000 type of commentary over the movie. Think of the file sharing possibilities if that audio commentary were shareable.(not the whole movie, just the stuff you recorded.)It would be another reason to buy a DVD, just so you could have a copy of the drunken monolouge from last nights movie party...

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      Mike (profile), 3 Feb 2003 @ 11:20am

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      Apparently, this is being done in some places. We had an article about it a few months ago.

      It appears that the site itself, DVD Tracks has grown since then, as well.

      Of course, this is being done outside the movie industry, instead of as part of it, but that really isn't much of a surprise, is it?

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