New bill would require labels on altered films

Legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday would place labels on films that are materially altered.

Sens. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) have offered a bill that would describe the alteration and indicate whether it meets the approval of the pic’s director, screenwriter or cinematographer.

No delay

The bill does not prevent the altered film from being shown or sold, nor does it delay it from moving from theaters to television to video stores.

“This bill provides important information to film audiences,” said Simpson. “It informs them about how a film has been changed from its creators’ original conception.”

Called the Film Disclosure Act of 1993, the bill was endorsed Wednesday by the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, West, the Intl. Photographers Guild and the American Society of Cinematographers.

“Just as the labels on products give consumers the right to know important information about ingredients that go into their manufacture, the labels mandated by the bill would give audiences the right to know if the film they are watching is the same one that film artists created,” said a joint statement by the guilds.

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