President George W. Bush has signed a bill into law that will have major implications on the film industry. At the urging of major studios and the MPAA, The Family Entertainment Copyright Act of 2005 will make it a federal offense to use a camcorder in a movie theater. Designed to put a freeze on DVD piracy, the act will also impose fines of up to $250,000 on anyone caught distributing unreleased films on DVD.

But the bill also included an element that the Hollywood contingent is not too happy about: The Family Movie Act stipulates that parents have the right to use "filtering technology" to "protect their children from sex, violence and profanity in movies." This segment of the bill should render one lawsuit currently pending against a company marketing such technology null and void. "Obviously, that provision concerns many of our folks," said MPAA spokesman John Feehery. "But the overall package sends an important anti-crime message that we want to keep the focus on."
categories Cinematical