Movie filter firm blasts DGA charges

ClearPlays calls guild actions 'affront to personal rights'

ClearPlay, a specialist in parental movie filtering technology, has blasted the Directors Guild’s recent legal strike against sanitized versions of Hollywood films.

“The DGA’s claims against ClearPlay are wholly without merit,” said CEO Bill Aho. “While other companies in our industry may utilize methods that are legally controversial approaches, ClearPlay does not. Banning ClearPlay filters is like trying to ban the fast-forward or mute buttons on your remote control.”

Utah-based ClearPlay was one of a dozen companies and retailers named last week in the DGA’s counterclaims to last month’s preemptive suit in Denver filed by Colorado vid retailer CleanFlicks and inventor Robert Huntsman against 16 top Hollywood directors. The DGA contends that the companies are circumventing studios, which hold copyrights, and the directors in the name of turning a profit.

ClearPlay’s technology gives consumers the ability to skip and mute violence, sex, nudity and profanity. Aho asserted that the company does not sell or rent edited movies, nor does it reproduce VHS tapes or DVDs.

“Given our scrupulous adherence to copyright law, these actions by the DGA against ClearPlay can only be viewed as predatory and malicious harassment,” Aho said. “The very idea that the DGA should be allowed to control how families watch movies in their homes is an outrageous affront to personal rights and civil liberties.”

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