A new lawsuit alleges Hollywood directors and studios want to make it legally impossible for third parties to "filter" or edit out graphic sex, violence, and profanity for family viewing.
The claims come from VidAngel which provides such edited content, but the company is at risk of shutting down because a handful of major studios accuse the company of failing to license the movies and television shows before editing and streaming the content to consumers.
It was sued by the Directors Guild of America back in 2004, but Congress responded by passing the Family Movie Act of 2005 which allows consumers to edit content for playback in their own homes.
Are Hollywood studios trying to pick winners and losers among filtering services? If you are a content creator, what are your thoughts on third-party editing? If you are a viewer who wants content with less graphic sex and/or violence, is the market meeting your demand?
Tim Winter, President, Parents Television Council - a nonpartisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment
Lawrence Iser, Managing Partner of the law firm Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump, & Aldisert, based in Santa Monica. He frequently litigates intellectual property disputes and has represented music artists including The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Jackson Browne