Wednesday, July 26, 2006

This Stinks!

I've been a member of for the last 9 or so months. I've really enjoyed the opportunity to view films that I would not otherwise watch because Cleanfilms edited out all the innappropriate language and gratuitous sex scenes and unnecessary violence. It was so fun looking forward to the next film coming in the mail.

But, today, I received this in my email:
It is with great regret that we write to inform you that Clean Films is going out of business soon. As you may have heard or read, after three long years of legal struggles, a judge in Colorado has ruled that we cannot sell or rent edited DVDs anymore. While we thought very strongly about appealing the decision, the potential costs and risks to the company, its customers and shareholders was just too great. Accordingly, we have agreed to close our doors after a brief winding-up period.
Apparantly the Hollywood types have decided that it is censorship, tampering with art, or something, and sued Cleanfilms and similar companies. It's a shame. Some argue that it is illegal, but it is not according to the Fair Use Act which allows individuals to edit films for renting and/or buying as long as it is accompanied by an original copy of the movie. It's the same law that allows for parodies and things like that. It is totally legal.

Cleanfilms gave me and the framily an opportunity to view films we wouldn't otherwise watch. It allowed us to view movies like Shawshank Redemption without the language that a 13 year old shouldn't be exposed to, or a 40 year old doesn't want to hear. We could watch other movies minus the sex scene that really has nothing to do with the story anyway. I'm gonna miss Cleanfilms a lot.

When will we Christians unite? When will we stand on our faith? When will we refuse to pay $ for violent, sex crazed movies laced with horrendous language? Hollywood thinks we want the stuff they are churning out...and frankly, why wouldn't they think we want it?

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