Big Win for Fair Use in Colorado Court against MPAA
For years, EFF has been following a case in Colorado District Court involving Family Flicks and Play it Clean Video -- companies that make and distribute copies of movies with sexual and violent content removed. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and a number of prominent Hollywood directors claim this is copyright infringement.
EFF has no opinion on that aspect of the case. What interested us was a particular element of the claim that would have broad implications for fair use of copyrighted material. When Family Flicks and Play it Clean Video make their "clean" copies, they first make an "intermediate copy" of the entire movie in order to edit it. The MPAA claimed that the copy was an infringement as well as the final product. EFF: DeepLinks
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