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RE: [dvd-discuss] clean flicks and moral rights

> -----Original Message-----
> From: johnzu@ia.nsc.com [mailto:johnzu@ia.nsc.com]
> Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 9:59 AM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] clean flicks and moral rights
> >Interesting.  The summary says outright that the courts
> >do not recognize "moral rights" per se but should nonetheless
> >attempt to accomodate them if they can find justification
> >to do so in the actual legalities (in this case, the _legal_
> >violation was a breach of contract).
> Scary.  The DMCA (protecting as it does Macrovision and CSS**)
> is just that kind of pretext the court could use to find
> against the CleanFlix folks. Why should our courts attempt
> to accomodate that which the framers so clearly and
> specifically rejection in the creation of the US copy-
> right system.
> How this impacts "CleanPlayer" is unknown.  I don't
> remember seeing anything in the DVD-CCA about prevent
> cleanware (or dirtyware***) overlay functionality

Yeah.  The end result may be similar, but the
mechanism used to create the "clean" version is
so fundamentally different that even if they can
quash the ones doing editing, they might not be
able to do anything about the one implemented as
an aftermarket add-on which leaves the original
completely unchanged.

> additionally one could imagine "highlightware" that
> would jump only to the chase scenes, cool CG animation
> or whatever the viewer wanted to focus on.  

Someone already mentioned wanting to watch just the
fight scenes in "The Matrix" . . . I can imagine similar
alternate playlists being popular for, say, Jackie Chan 
flicks . . . call it "coolware" instead of "highlightware".

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!