Or as the BBC puts it, “A controversial new DVD system that can censor films is to be released in the UK later this year”.
Except is isn’t so new and it’s not very clear.
In 2004, “ClearPlay’s ‘staff of movie professionals’ go through ‘individual movies and identify content which may have contributed to a movie’s PG-13 or R rating”, said p2pnet.
And “The Passion of the Christ is, for example, OK (extreme blood and hard-core sadism in every frame) and Schindler’s List (a wonderful historical piece, but shocking in its portrayal of horrors perpetrated under the Nazi regime) won’t be altered, wrote Claudia Puig in her USA TODAY story.
But ClearPlay chopped flicks such as American Splendor, Big Fish, Cat in the Hat, The Haunted Mansion, The Last Samurai, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Master And Commander, The School of Rock, Timeline and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.
What fell under the NotSoClearPlay knife in 2010?
The likes of Princess and the Frog; Did You Hear About the Morgans?; Astro Boy; and, Up in the Air.
Says the BBC, “The system requires a compatible DVD player and a monthly subscription costing $7.99 (£5). Users download a regularly-updated database of movie information, containing timecodes of potentially offensive content.
“This ‘meta-data’ tells the player when to jump past a scene or cut the volume.”
But, “The company admits film makers could, in theory, object to having sections of their work missed out”.
Not in theory, however.
US district court judge Richard P. Matsch ultimately ordered “Video II, Glen Dickman, J.W.D. Management Corporation, Trilogy Studios Inc., CleanFlicks, MyCleanFlicks, Family Shield Technologies, LLC, ClearPlay Inc., Clean Cut Cinemas, Family Safe Media, EditMyMovies, Family Flix, USALLC and Play It Clean Video”, to, “hand over their entire inventory of scrubbed flicks to the five major Hollywood studios and stop ‘producing, manufacturing, creating’ and renting the cleaned-up material within five days or face possible court action, including the likelihood of massive penalties,” said E Online.
Now, “ClearPlay says it hopes to expand beyond DVD into BluRay and TV channels delivered over the internet (IPTV)”, says the Beeb.
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
DIY censor system – ClearPlay family DIY censor, March 22, 2010
BBC – Controversial DVD censoring system to be launched in UK, March 25, 2010
p2pnet – Profanity nudity violence = $, May 12, 2004
USA TODAY – ClearPlay edit can be the unkindest cut, May 5, 2004
p2pnet – Movie sanitizers sanitized, July 11, 2006
E Online – Judge Scrubs Movie Sanitizers, July 10, 2006
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