CEA, HRRC Testify Before Congress on CleanFlicks
The Consumer Electronics Association and the Home Recording Rights Coalition submitted written testimony Tuesday to a congressional subcommittee investigating a topic dubbed “Editing Hollywood’s Editors: Cleaning Flicks for Families.” The two groups came out in favor of Clean Flicks, a company selling DVDs edited to be more “family-friendly,” in a suit being filed against the company by Hollywood studios. Michael Petricone, CEA senior vice president of government affairs, characterized the suit as “a perfect example of the copyright law run amok.”
The groups also came out in favor of H.R. 1201, a bill designed to ease some of the restrictions imposed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which currently prohibits some activities that do not violate fair use. Petricone asserted, “H.R. 1201 would also empower parents to better control access to inappropriate content on DVD movies, to help their children use technology to prepare multimedia reports for school presentations and to otherwise enhance their freedom to use content they have lawfully acquired.”
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