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Okay, I know that some folks simply won't watch a movie with any nudity, some people get upset about the language but this seems to violate infringement laws and I don't really understand how people think it is legal.
If I grabbed a copy of one of Anne Rices's novels and edited out any reference to sex and all the references to blood and then sold it as a "safe" version her lawyers would crucify me. Not to mention that even careful editing would change the entire tone of the book.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? It seems a pretty clear violation of current copyright laws, at least to me and I can foresee this treatment of someone else's work creeping into the online community.
I think they were first... ;) Check out this article [nytimes.com] in the NY Times. (If you're not registered, you'll need to give them an email address and a password, but it's quick and non-invasive and worth doing to have access to their site).
Here's how the article starts:
An enterprising parent of a high school senior recently discovered that the literary texts on the New York Regents examinations had been expurgated. Excerpts from the writings of many prominent authors were doctored, without their knowledge or permission, to delete references to religion, profanity, sex, alcohol or other potentially troublesome topics.
The article, actually an Op Ed piece, goes on to talk about forces of censorship at work in the country, particularly in educational publishing.
Censorship of tests and textbooks is not merely widespread: across the nation, it has become institutionalized.
It created a lot of buzz when it was published in June, and actually got NY State to stop censoring material in their tests. Recommended reading...
Umm, someone is taking someone else's work, altering it, and making a profit on it. Not sure how that can be acceptable under any circumstance and hopefully some legal eagles will put a stop to it. If I wrote a book filled with sex and violence, and some schmoe "cleansed" it and started selling copies I'd sue until one of us was broke, :)
If the creator of the original wants to offer a "sanitized" version that's fine but I think the person that actually creates the work should have some input.
when you edit bits out of something created by somebody else you make it into a different thing...it should be illegal to bowdlerise other people's work without the express permission of the creator of that work...money isn't the point...copyright is both about the right to be paid for the work and the right to insist that the content of that work remains intact and always sends the "message" you intended
There was a disceet dotdotdot towards the end where our kiddie edition had elided something not suitable for us.
Being 14 year olds, of course, we checked in a library and restored the missing lines to out texts.
Now, over 30 years later, literally the only lines of middle english I can remember (though not well enough to spell) are the ones they didn't want us to know -- the ones about manually crushing a fellow's testicles.
I don't think that was the effect the school board wanted.
Drove me nuts, I remember getting to the end of a chapter only to discove huge chunks unreadable.