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US Court rules unofficial movie sanitising illegal

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments

The bizarre American practice of retailers sanitising movies could be coming to an end. A US federal court judge has declared the practice, which involves unofficially editing movies to remove adult language and situations, and unwanted religious references, “illegitimate”.
Four companies which currently offer edited versions to sensitive US consumers, Cleanflicks, Family Flix, Clean Films and Play It Clean Video, have all been told to cease and hand their versions over to the studios for destruction.
Sanitising feature films has been a thorn in the side of the American creative community for years. In 2002 the Directors Guild of America proclaimed the edits a breach of their creative freedoms.
Talking after the ruling, Guild president Michael Apted declared: “Audiences can now be assured that the films they buy or rent are the vision of the filmmakers who made them and not the arbitrary choices of a third-party editor.”
The ruling declared the practice a breach of copyright, and prohibits “producing, manufacturing, creating, designing, selling, renting (in any format, including VHS and/or DVD), advertising, marketing (including on television, in print media and on the Internet), offering for sale or rent, merchandising, distributing, providing, importing, promoting, displaying, and/or publicly performing unauthorized edited, or otherwise altered, copies of any motion picture.”

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