mpaa.jpgOpposition to the Children's Safety Act – that ridiculous bill proposed by Congressman Mike Spence (R-Ind) – is building by the hour. There's a clause in the Act, which would require any mainstream film or television production that happened to feature sexual content to abide the the record-keeping regulations of Section 2257, a rarely-prosecuted measure designed to curtail child pornography. Most opponents of the bill feel that it doesn't make any sense to force "legitimate" filmmakers to create mounds of paperwork which could potentially obfuscate attempts to prosecute real child exploitation. To that end, thirty groups (including the MPAA, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Conservative Union) signed a letter submitted to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arelen Spector last week, to express what they feel are serious problems with that clause of the Act. Among them: "The breadth and scope of the proposed amendments are such that they will not only have serious, adverse economic and practical implications for legitimate industries but could very likely place (the current reporting law) into a questionable constitutional stature which would threaten to undermine our shared goal of protecting children from exploitation."

Though the House has approved the Act with the provisions relating to Section 2257 intact, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week passed a version of the bill without it. Whilst it could be added back before the Sentate at large meets to discuss it next week, Representatives from both sides of Congress will eventually meet and try to reach some sort of compromise regardless.
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categories Movies, Cinematical