Associated Press: Court Rules against Sanitizing Films. Companies like CleanFlicks, Play It Clean Video, and CleanFilms.com have been editing purchased copies of movies and renting them to customers, but a U.S. district court ruled that this practice violated copyright laws.
Editing movies to delete objectionable language, sex and violence is an "illegitimate business" that hurts Hollywood studios and directors who own the movie rights, said U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch in a decision released Thursday in Denver.
"Their (studios and directors) objective ... is to stop the infringement because of its irreparable injury to the creative artistic expression in the copyrighted movies," the judge wrote. "There is a public interest in providing such protection."