27 March 2010

UK - Controversial DVD censoring system to be launched

(BBC)
A controversial new DVD system that can censor films is to be released in the UK later this year. ClearPlay allows parents to filter material with options to remove scenes containing blood, violence, offensive words and blasphemy. But the system has been criticised in America, with the Directors Guild of America taking the company to court claiming violation of copyright laws. A judge decided that wasn't the case because no fixed copy of the altered version of the motion picture was created. The system requires a compatible DVD player and a monthly subscription costing $7.99. Users download a regularly-updated database of movie information, containing timecodes of potentially offensive content. This 'meta-data' tells the player when to jump past a scene or cut the volume.