• PTC Applauds Legislative Update to Family Movie Act

    by  • September 18, 2018 • Family Friendly, Misrated, Movies • 3 Comments

    Family Movie Act

    The Parents Television Council  supports H.R. 6816, the Family Movie Act Clarification Act of 2018, which was introduced by Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on September 13th.

    “It is ironic that legislation first passed in the 21st century needs to be brought into the 21st century, but that is exactly what the Family Movie Act Clarification Act will do. This bill is a long-overdue update to the Family Movie Act of 2005 and would give parents the digital ability to plug their kids’ ears and cover their kids’ eyes to harmful and explicit streaming content, just as the 2005 Act allows them to do via a DVD. We applaud Congresswoman Mia Love for recognizing the need for the law to catch up with technology in order to better serve parents,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “Based on stories I’ve heard from inside the beltway, Love and the bill’s cosponsors deserve combat valor medals for weathering an intense, scorched-earth effort by Hollywood lobbyists working to prevent even the introduction of this bill, let alone its consideration.

    “But why would Hollywood studios object to legislation that would allow their films to make more money? They have claimed that digital filtering is akin to piracy, but there is no piracy taking place. Parents are only skipping past the objectionable content of movies they’ve purchased and are watching in the comfort of their own homes. The studios raised the same arguments over a dozen years ago when the Family Movie Act of 2005 was being considered. Those arguments were hollow then, and they are hollow now. The only plausible reason why anyone in Hollywood would be opposed to this measure is that some sort of agenda would be obviated by the consumer.

    “Make no mistake: this is a win-win for Hollywood and for parents. Families would be able to protect their children from harmful content in movies they stream; and Hollywood immediately increases its revenue capacity by broadening the marketplace for its products. Any publicly-traded studio that opposes either the spirit or the letter of this legislation is acting against its own fiduciary interests and, therefore, violating its corporate duty to shareholders.

    “We call on congressional leadership, both in the House and in the Senate, to deliver a Christmas present to parents and families, and pass H.R. 6816 before the end of this year.”

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    3 Responses to PTC Applauds Legislative Update to Family Movie Act

    1. XKE
      October 27, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      I will not use ClearPlay or VidAngel. These services will not solve anything, and I think in several ways they make things worse. Let me explain.

      1. ClearPlay markets their service as enabling you to be “the cool parent”. We do not need more cool parents in this world, we need more real parents who are willing to do whatever it takes to get their children to do the right thing.
      2. If I decide to let my kids watch a movie, I will either let them watch it in its entirety or not at all. I don’t believe in doing things halfway. If kids don’t figure out that the filtered movie is filtered while they’re watching it, they will when this conversation takes place:

      Friends: Did you see (insert title of movie filtered by ClearPlay or VidAngel)
      My kid: Yes.
      Friends: What did you think of (insert description of scene removed by ClearPlay or VidAngel)?
      My kid: Uhhhhh…..

      And if this conversation never takes place, there’s another harmful effect of watching filtered movies. My kids might decide to show those movies to their kids or other kids using an ordinary DVD/Blu-Ray player or streaming service, and might be completely unaware of the questionable scenes until it’s too late.

      There are other ways to keep your kids occupied besides parking them in front of a screen.

    2. Jonathan
      October 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Yup let’s applaud government’s for wanting to regulate entertainment. The government should be be allowed to get involved with entertainment period, unless it breaks a current law.

      Bet this comment will get delated again, since this group can’t accept that there are people who dont want censorship. That there’s people who actually respect film as a form of art, not something for angry parents to decide what can and can’t be shown.

      You guys claim you dont censor but yet you support bills like this, and you encourage the cancellation of shows you don’t like.

      Finally the Mick was funnier than Last Man Standing

    3. Jack
      September 19, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Hollywood isn’t just a business, though. Films are an art form as well (even the bad ones like Transformers, they still count as art, they’re just not very good art) and so pretty much all of Hollywood would be deeply unhappy that viewers at home would have free rein to cut any objectionable material out. Yes, objectionable material already gets cut from films to get lower ratings, but that’s because there’s an obvious and large financial incentive to do so, whereas there’s no such incentive to do so for streaming. In fact, allowing people to censor streaming might actually get people to cancel their subscriptions in protest. Not saying that’s definitely going to happen, but Hollywood is unlikely to be happy about this.

      Also, you say “Parents are only skipping past the objectionable content of movies they’ve purchased and are watching in the comfort of their own homes.”

      Except if you stream a film from Netflix or Amazon Prime, you haven’t bought it. You are paying a subscription fee to stream the content, and you do not actually own the content, so why should you have control to alter something that isn’t yours?

      Lastly, I think censoring streaming content will allow people to censor other people’s films without any regard to artistic merit. It’s literally censorsing other people’s films because you don’t want to watch the stuff in it.

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