Is the President violating artist rights and copyright?

Darryl Wiggers (
Thu, 26 Apr 2001 12:20:21 -0700 (PDT)

A few months ago there was a lively exchange over the Cleanflicks operation
( who, it seems, is still in business.
Cleanflicks takes popular Hollywood films and make copies (or so we assume)
that edit out language, violence, sexuality and such. It sparked an
interesting debate about copyright and the rights of the artists to preserve
their vision. The following is an interesting news clip from The applicable Ananova
story can be found at

Bush Watching Bowdlerized Versions Of Movies

President George W. Bush has ordered that scenes of graphic sex and violence
be cut from movies shown on Air Force One flights, the British Web site
Ananova reported today (Thursday), citing reporters traveling with the
president. It was not clear from the report who was assigned to the
bowdlerization of the films, nor what guidelines for cuts had been set.
Ananova observed that Bill Clinton always ran the uncut versions of films on
the presidential plane and at the White House, even those "that Mr. Clinton
regularly condemned when he was talking up family values."