Utah's "Clean Movie" Companies Illegitimate: Judge

Law360, New York (July 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a blow to companies that edit sex and swearing out of Hollywood movies, a district judge in Colorado has ruled such practices are illegal under copyright law, handing directors and movie studios a significant victory.

The ruling created an uphill battle for a group of “clean movie” companies, based mostly in Utah and Arizona, which filed an August 2002 declaratory judgment against the likes of Steven Spielberg and Time Warner Entertainment Inc.

Richard P. Matsch called the companies’ editing businesses illegitimate and said, “There is...
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