• PTC Calls on Congress to Deliver a Christmas Gift for Families: Passage of the Pending Family Movie Act Legislation

    by  • December 5, 2018 • Movies • 27 Comments


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    Today, the Parents Television Council called upon House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to swiftly pass the Family Movie Act Clarification Act, thereby delivering a Christmas gift for families. The bill would allow families, in their own homes, to filter out graphic and explicit program content from movies and television programs they choose to stream via bona fide distribution platforms.

    “With the quickly approaching end of 2018 and, along with it, the quickly approaching end of this session of Congress, we call on our elected leaders in Washington immediately to pass the Family Movie Act Clarification Act and present it to the President for his signature, thereby providing an important and urgently-needed Christmas present for parents and for families,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “The legislation is a no-brainer. It simply brings the Family Movie Act – which allows families to filter explicit content from DVDs – onto contemporary streaming media platforms used by most Americans today. The pending legislation is consistent with, and perfectly honors, the Congressional intent expressed when the original measure became law in 2005.

    “Major Hollywood studios have filed legal challenges to prevent the use of technological tools that parents could engage to filter age-inappropriate content, this despite the fact that those tools would likely bring new sources of revenue from potentially millions of new customers. Why would a corporation wage a war against a consumer technology that would earn it more profit? And why would those same corporations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in Washington DC lobbying fees to kill it? The only plausible answer is that there is an agenda that is more important to the studios than its revenue.

    “The Hollywood studios have cleverly but dishonestly painted filtering technology as a tool of copyright piracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The technology, and the legislation that would authorize its use, simply allows a consumer in his or her own home to choose for himself or herself the specific types of explicit content to be skipped while he or she watches. Would a book or magazine publisher threaten lawsuits if the consumer chose not to read each and every printed word? Would a studio sue a moviegoer for momentarily plugging his or her ears, or for momentarily closing his or her eyes? Of course not. Hollywood made the same nonsensical claims about the DVD legislation over a dozen years ago. Their objections were wrong then, and they are wrong today.

    “Earlier this year and in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida, the PTC’s Program Director literally sat next to President Trump in the White House to discuss violent entertainment media and its impact on children. The filtering technology contemplated under the FMA Clarification Act would allow concerned parents the ability to block the most graphic violence from otherwise-popular entertainment media. It reflects the height of personal and parental responsibility.

    “We call on the Congress to immediately pass this bill, to present it to the President for his signature, and to deliver a Christmas present to parents and families that will have a long-lasting and positive impact for years to come.”

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    The PTC is a member of the Protect Family Rights Coalition (http://protectfamilyrights.org/).



    27 Responses to PTC Calls on Congress to Deliver a Christmas Gift for Families: Passage of the Pending Family Movie Act Legislation

    1. Neil and Polly Graham
      December 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Thank God for more people who would love to sit down with our children AND/OR grandchildren to watch a good movie without having one of them ask what “that” word means! Wake up Congress and make a real difference for many of us who voted for you men and women!

    2. moax429
      December 12, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Lynette, Tommy Counce, and Roger Smith – agreed, *1000%!*

    3. Jonathan
      December 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      The government should never be involved with anything in the entertainment industry period. The government has already screwed up almost everything else.

    4. Susan Hitt
      December 10, 2018 at 7:45 am

      We must teach children to love each other, not that violence is ok!!

    5. Wendy Klevesahl
      December 10, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Our children are at risk for learning to embrace violence, please stop this unnecessary risk.

    6. Walter Hitt
      December 10, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Please do what you can to protect our impressionable children. It is time to act against this corrupting influence on our children. THANK YOU

    7. Amy Lim
      December 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      It is important that adults be able to provide safeguards for children. Viewing movies and media is a fun and enriching activity when adults don’t need to worry about explicit, scary, violent or disturbing language, images coming up that they didn’t anticipate. We are asking for the right to have this as an option for home viewing. A larger population of people will watch movies that they otherwise couldn’t, and we can protect children from content that is inappropriate based on common sense and also personal preferences and beliefs in what is and is not okay to view. Thank you for your serious consideration of passing the Family Movie Act Legislation.

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