Confusing: Hollywood apparently lobbying against more profit

Friday, December 7, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

video streaming services (with family watching)A media watchdog group is calling on Congress to deliver an urgently needed Christmas present for families: the ability to block out the filth in movies and programs streaming into their homes.

The Parents Television Council is urging lawmakers to swiftly pass a piece of legislation that would update the 2005 Family Movie Act. PTC president Tim Winter says the new bill – entitled the "Family Movie Act Clarification Act" (H.R.6816) – would allow families, in their own homes, to filter out graphic and explicit content from movies and television programs they choose to stream via bona fide distribution platforms.

Winter explains that major Hollywood studios have filed legal challenges to prevent the use of technological tools that parents could engage to filter age-inappropriate content.

Winter

"Why wouldn't Hollywood want to bring in potentially millions of families who otherwise are not watching their movies or TV shows because [of the] content?" he asks. "Why wouldn't they want to be able to reach that whole new market [and] bring in more revenue, more profit for their company?"

Winter offers an answer to his own questions: "Clearly there is something that they are valuing ahead of their revenue stream – and the only logical explanation is that the agenda they're trying to push with the explicit content is more important to them than even their own revenue stream."

The PTC president acknowledges that Hollywood has been clever but dishonest in portraying filtering technology as "a tool of copyright piracy." Nothing, he says, 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," he explains in a press release.

Winter – who describes passage of the FMA Clarification Act as "a no-brainer" – hopes it gets approved and sent to the president's desk for his signature before the end of the year. If not, he fears the bill will likely not be introduced next year because of the money-flow from Hollywood trying to kill it.

While H.R.6816 has five cosponsors, the legislator who introduced the measure – Representative Mia Love (R-Utah) – will not be returning to Congress in January. She was defeated in her reelection bid last month by Democrat Ben McAdams.

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