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Anchoress
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posted 06 September 2004 07:34 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
April 27 edit: This thread hasn't gotten much interest and maybe it's my fault for not making the content more clear. The gist is that there is a company that has created a technology to 'sanitise' DVDs seamlessly to remove offensive material. Many filmmakers are taking issue with it because since the edits are done before viewing it constitutes an unauthorised release of their material. As of today, GWB has signed a bill authorising the technology.

Also edited for a more fascinating title.

Below is my original post.

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I really don't know *how* to describe this, it's news to me, but it's a very interesting article and a *very* interesting topic.

Basically, a ClearPlay file does the same thing Daddy could if he watched the entire movie alone, taking careful notes, then invited the more innocent members of the family back into the living room, played the movie again and consulted his notes to hit "skip" and "mute" on the remote at key moments. But ClearPlay--whose programmers use their own judgment to eliminate the "occasional R or PG-13 content"--does this automatically, so Daddy doesn't have to waste his valuable time.

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Agent 204
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posted 06 September 2004 07:59 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fascinating indeed. I'd never heard of it either. Not having seen either version of The Phantom Menace, I can't comment much on that, but it sounds like the same kind of thing musicians of many sorts (from hip-hop artists to Negativland) do all the time.

The legal side is also interesting. I presume some babblers will be familiar with the DeCSS story, in which the film industry tried to stop the distribution of software that they claimed could facilitate DVD copying. In fact, it's apparently quite simple to copy DVDs without DeCSS, but DeCSS allows a way around region coding, as well as allowing you to tinker with the way DVDs play, and I believe cut and paste scenes. For instance, you know how you can't fast forward through the copyright warning on many DVDs? Well, some people think that they're trying to soften us up for ads which will be placed there in the future. And with DeCSS, you could skip through these ads, when you otherwise couldn't. So naturally, the industry doesn't like this. I'm inclined to suspect that there may be ulterior motives for this as well.

I think someone should release a DVD of The Wizard of Oz with the option of using Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon as a soundtrack. Maybe the companies owning the rights to those works could be convinced to do it themselves. I'm sure it'd sell pretty well.


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Anchoress
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posted 27 April 2005 07:15 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
UPDATED 04/27/05: Bush signs bill allowing sanitized DVDs
From: Vancouver babblers' meetup July 9 @ Cafe Deux Soleil! | Registered: Nov 2003  |  IP: Logged

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