Re: [Videolib] Movie Ratings and Public Libraries

Jerry Notaro (
Tue, 01 Nov 2005 16:38:09 -0500


There are more than a few problems with using the MPAA Rating guide for
beyond those of intellectual freedom. First, what was once R would hardly be
PG-13 because of changing traditions of what is acceptable or not. Case in
point, Romeo and Juliet, The Pawnbroker, and even the then X rated Midnight
Cowboy. Also, the rating are copyrighted and you would have to ask
permission to use them.

Jerry Notaro, Media Librarian
USF St. Petersburg

> Hello -
> We are in the process of updating our video selection criteria. Can
> anyone in a public library tell me whether you use ratings (G, PG, PG-13,
> R) as a purchasing criteria, ie: your policy states not to buy R-rated films?
> Thank you!
> Nicholle
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> Nicholle Gerharter
> Reference Librarian
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