Paramount's recent indignation over people not wanting to see the nude scenes in their movies (specifically "Titanic") is practically laughable. Their contention is that if they went to all that effort to put sex and nudity in, you should be forced to view it. Wrong.

The issue is supposedly regarding copyright. They state that viewers don't have a choice to not see something they put in. If you visit an art museum, you are not forced to view every painting or sculpture, or even completely analyze those you do see. If you buy a license to a copyrighted computer program, no law forces you to use all of its functions (even though some manufacturers may try). If you buy a copyrighted book, you don't have to read all the pages; you can even tear them out if you want. You can turn off your TV or switch channels in the middle of a show without being dragged into court for it. And, if you like, you can even quit reading this letter to the editor, and I promise I won't sue you.Sunrise Video in American Fork is not adding scenes and claiming they are part of the original, nor are they making illegal copies. They are, at the customers' request, removing scenes that, although the customers have a legal right to keep in, they choose not to see. This is still America; we still have freedom of choice to avoid offensive material. But Paramount is not comfortable with the concept of thinking people making their own choices. What do they plan to do next, hire video-Nazis to go into your living room and force you to look at the particular scenes?

Paramount, get a life. Just because you may thrive on nudity and depravity, doesn't mean you have a right to force others to do likewise.

Mark Leany