Daily Archives: April 27, 2005

Bush Signs Filtering Law

From the AP:

WASHINGTON – President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs. The bill gives legal protections to the fledgling filtering technology that helps parents automatically skip or mute sections of commercial movie DVDs.

As a parent this is great news. Ankle Biting Pundits notes that studios aren’t too happy with the notion as they are concerned with protection of copyrights. I can’t see this as a problem long as it’s for personal use and not for redistribution. Think of it this way: if I buy a book and want to black out sections or tear out pages, that’s my right. It’s my book. The same should apply to DVD’s. What is particularily nice about this technology is that it puts the decision making process in the hands of the parents, where it belongs.

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