Clean Edited Movies
It took me a long time to understand old saying, "Garbage in, garbage out". The truth is, everything that enters our mind has an effect on the way we think, act and see the world around us. With the accelerated down-spiral of the entertainment industry, my family and many others have sought to question our entertainment intake. In fact, the reason for this article is to encourage you to consider what you watch. Does there come a point when the potential negative outweighs the positive aspect of watching a movie or television show? Just think about how many times you have walked away from a film saying, "That movie would have been really great except for all the ________"? I've lost count, personally.
The good news is, I don't have to count any more. Companies
such as ClearPlay, CleanFilms,
CleanFlicks, and others have provided
a family-friendly way to enjoy entertainment.
Now I see the movies I want to see, without the junk I hate to
see (kind of like having my cake and eating it too!). This article
will introduce you to the world of edited movies, and provide short
reviews of the major providers of clean, edited movies.
First things first, are edited movies legal?
This seems to be the $64,000 question of late, and many knowledgable people have weighed in on both sides of this issue. There are two important events that you need to be aware of that impacted this industry.
First, in April of 2005 Congress passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. This piece of legislation provided an affirmative right to the increasingly-popular ClearPlay filtering service. ClearPlay uses a special DVD player that can load filters to automatically skip or mute objectionable scenes in a movie. (Read more about ClearPlay from our review.) ClearPlay was the only service specifically shielded by this piece of legislation.
Secondly, in July of 2006, a district court judge in Colorado ruled against several companies offering edited copies of DVDs, citing copyright infringement. This decision was controversial to say the least, sparking leaders and bloggers on both sides of the issue to opine. It appears that Judge Matsch's decision hinged on a technicality, causing him to follow the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law. Judge Matsch's decision forced several companies out of business, effective Sept 1, 2006.
So is it legal or not? The answer is, it depends. The judge has found that companies who purchase movies and re-sell edited copies of those movies violate U.S. copyright law. However, it does not appear to be illegal to purchase a movie and then use an editing service to edit that movie for you. Furthermore, thanks to Congress it is clearly legal to use a software-based filter, such as ClearPlay, to edit movies on-the-fly.
Now let's take a closer look at several of the companies who provide cleaned up movies or have provided them in the past.