Re: VERY interesting copyright article

Jessica Rosner (
Fri, 2 Feb 2001 10:01:32 -0800 (PST)

Ok I shouldn't but one last comment. I am concerned if not disturbed that
someone involved in Media would not believe that editing and than renting a
film is NOT a copyright violation.. To compare this to bad projection (
which I probably hate more than ANYTHING ) is just silly.

I do believe most studios would in fact be willing to do edit versions of
their own films if they saw profit in it and indeed companies that rent them
for public screenings like SWANK have edited versions available BUT this is
done WITH permission and by agreement. I honestly could care less about most
of the titles on the Clean Video edit list but I am particularly upset by
the two Speilberg films, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and especially SCHINDLER'S
LIST. Cutting out the violence , nudity, bad words etc. destroys the very
integrity of these films. Speilberg had TOTAL control of the release of
Schindler and was adamant that the film HAD to be shown as is. Brigham Young
University gained some notoriety for canceling a screening due to
objections. He believed as I do that even middle and high school students
needed to see the film EXACTLY as he made it and went to some length to
arrange screenings. Clean Video has NO RIGHT legally OR morally to edit this
film to his beliefs. Again I hope and believe the MPPA or perhaps Speilberg
himself will get this guy in court

Jessica Rosner