CleanFlicks gets more time to surrender doctored films

Published July 14, 2006 12:00 am
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Video companies that sanitize movies for rental have been given more time to hand over all their inventory to Hollywood attorneys as part of federal court judgment.

CleanFlicks of American Fork and another Utah company, CleanFilms, were ordered to immediately shut down business and give up all of their stock of edited movies within five days after a U.S. District Court judge ruled July 6 that what they do violates U.S. copyright law.

CleanFlicks Chief Executive Ray Lines said he has had to wait to receive all of his DVDs and VHS tapes from rental customers before he can comply with the order.

He and the owners of CleanFilms, a party to the suit that also rents and sells edited videos to other stores and to customers over the Internet, have been meeting with their attorneys this week to determine whether they should appeal the ruling.

"We are also talking with the Hollywood attorneys to decide what we will do, but nothing has changed," Lines said Thursday. "The deadline was today, but they've given us a couple of more days. We're still weighing our options and talking with them and among ourselves."

CleanFlicks and CleanFilms have been involved in a three-year legal battle with movie studios and some of Hollywood's biggest directors over the selling of videos of blockbuster films scrubbed of sex, violence and language.

The directors, who include Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, argue these companies violate copyright law by making changes to their movies without permission.

Lines and other businesses say they are just providing a service for families by providing films that are safe for children to watch.

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