The LA Times and Reuters report that, in the US, Congress has passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA). This makes it a federal crime, punishable by up to three years imprisonment, to use video cameras to record films in cinemas and then distribute the copies. The Act also clarifies that it is not an infringement of copyright to produce software that allows viewers to skip acts of sex and violence while watching DVDs. Hollywood film companies tend to oppose such software, arguing that since it alters their works without their permission, it violates their copyright. The Act though remains to be considered by the House of Representatives.
Don’t take this to the cinema – or else!
The IPKat wonders whether, in the UK, the removal of sex and violence would count as an infringement of the author's moral right to object to derogatory treatment of his work.
More on skipping here, here and here