PTC president praises new Utah bill that would update Family Movie Act

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  • Lyle Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 27, 2018 9:05 p.m.

    @Selznik-- Authors and directors don't seem to have a problem with filtered and altered versions of their movies being shown in aircraft and on broadcast TV. Why should they object to an automated way of skipping the same content that was removed for those audiences?

  • Yar Springville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2018 5:01 p.m.

    Bravo to those who made this bill! With time, I think everyone will agree this is a win-win for everyone, even for Hollywood.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Sept. 26, 2018 6:01 p.m.

    MovieMaker - Columbus, GA
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    To Selznik: You wrote: "What about the rights of authors, composers and directors to have their creations seen the way they want them to be seen?" This bill does nothing to take away that right. Anyone who wants to can still see the original version. What this bill does is give families and parents a CHOICE.
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    And exactly how would that 'choice' be made, if not by purchasing a service to 'edit' the content. If I recall the ruckus over the DVD remastering, that's exactly what was done.

    Most families or parents do not have the skills or tools to edit such material. Hence this and other such bills only create an industry which would cater to such consumers. And even then there may not be a service which limits the material to a particular set of tastes.

    In the film, "Cinema Paradiso"(1988) there's a scene where the local priest previews films, and indicates where cuts are to be made to censor material. Later when the film is projected and the jump cuts occur, there are cat calls and howls hear due to the censored parts.

    Children are not stupid, and will fill in the blanks, and so, the entire 'censorship' project is doomed.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2018 11:55 a.m.

    Sounds like a good thing, except I worry that it may be another wolf in sheep's clothing.

    The article makes the claim:

    "The 2005 Family Movie Act was a long and extremely hard-fought battle in which we were outspent and outmanned, and yet despite major pressure from Hollywood, were able to convince both parties in Congress to do the right thing for parents and their children."

    That couldn't be further from the truth. Hollywood (the MPAA more specifically) donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Sen. Hatch (and others) specifically to push (and vote for) the 2005 act; which was distinctly to remove the rights of parents to alter DVD's that they specifically purchased for the purpose filtering content.

    They loved the 2005 act because it ensured that companies like VidAngel would never work. They claimed that their "intellectual property" rights outweighed any "personal property" rights of families. They created a small compromise; to make it more palatable, that it was okay to manually mute the audio or turn off the video temporarily during a movie; but without the ability (under the already existing DMCA) to create a mechanical process of doing those things automatically.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Sept. 23, 2018 11:25 a.m.

    I remember not being allowed to watch "Laugh-In" when it came out even though most of my friends in second grade could.

    My parents didn't demand it be filtered so they didn't have to hear me whine, they told me to change the channel or turn the TV off.

    A few years later, I wasn't allowed to watch "Love, American Style" because it was too risquÉ. Again, my parents didn't demand it be censored, they just turned it off.

    If you don't like the way a show or movie is made, turn it off. Don't watch it. Stop trying to turn the world into some sort of sanitized, homogenized safe space.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    Sept. 22, 2018 1:00 p.m.

    “How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.” - Edward Abbey

    Along with kicking in your Tee Vee, smash your "smart phone".

  • MovieMaker Columbus, GA
    Sept. 22, 2018 10:02 a.m.

    To Selznik: You wrote: "What about the rights of authors, composers and directors to have their creations seen the way they want them to be seen?" This bill does nothing to take away that right. Anyone who wants to can still see the original version. What this bill does is give families and parents a CHOICE. As a writer and producer myself, I would welcome the opportunity to have my work seen by as large an audience as possible. And so would my investors. Anyone opposing this bill is opposing increased profits to investors (and the authors, composers, etc.) and wants to limit choices of audiences. To do so would indicate some sort of secret agenda that doesn't make sense.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    The U.S. doesn't have to worry about China stealing intellectual properties, copyrights and film rights.

    Republicans are trying to do it right here in Utah.

    Republicans are such hypocrites. They say they don't like a movie because... Then, they really do like the movie, they just want it edited to their tastes instead of the film they didn't like.

    Is it so hard for these "family values" people to find "family values" films that they can watch while exercising true "family values" instead of their hypocritical "family values?"

  • Selznik Saint George, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 10:41 p.m.

    What about the rights of authors, composers and directors to have their creations seen the way they want them to be seen? There’s enough entertainment choices without taking away the rights of copyright holders.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Sept. 21, 2018 7:57 p.m.

    The overwhelming majority of bills never make it out of committee. It's a little premature to talk about how great this bill is when the chance is close to zero that it will ever get to the point where it can be voted on.

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 5:17 p.m.

    Hurrah!!!!!