Where do I return my twelve minute version of Scarface?
Families in Utah are about to discover that there is more to X-rated films than good music and fine acting:
Sanitizing movies on DVD or VHS tape violates federal copyright laws, and several companies that scrub films must turn over their inventory to Hollywood studios, an appeals judge ruled.
Matsch ordered the companies named in the suit, including CleanFlicks, Play It Clean Video and CleanFilms, to stop â€œproducing, manufacturing, creatingâ€ and renting edited movies. The businesses also must turn over their inventory to the movie studios within five days of the ruling.
â€œWeâ€™re disappointed,â€ CleanFlicks chief executive Ray Lines said. â€œThis is a typical case of David vs. Goliath, but in this case, Hollywood rewrote the ending. Weâ€™re going to continue to fight.â€
CleanFlicks produces and distributes sanitized copies of Hollywood films on DVD by burning edited versions of movies onto blank discs. The scrubbed films are sold over the Internet and to video stores.
As many as 90 video stores nationwide â€” about half of them in Utah â€” purchase movies from CleanFlicks, Lines said. Itâ€™s unclear how the ruling may effectthose stores.
Next up: Cinemax’s AfterDark Family Funtime Theatre.