The Need to Clarify the Family Movie Act

Family Movie Act of 2005

Title II: Exemption from Infringement for Skipping Audio and Video Content In Motion Pictures – Family Movie Act of 2005 – (Sec. 202) Creates an exemption from copyright infringement for: (1) the making imperceptible, by or at the direction of a private household, of limited portions of audio or video content of a motion picture during a performance in or transmitted to that household for private home viewing from an authorized copy of the motion picture; or (2) the creation or provision of technology that enables such editing, is designed and marketed for such use, creates no fixed copy of the altered version, and makes no changes, deletions or additions to commercial advertisements or promotional announcements that would otherwise be performed or displayed.

The Proposed Update to the FMA

We are working with Congress to finalize the language of a bill that we hope will be introduced shortly.  The intent of the bill is to preserve the rights granted by the Family Movie Act of 2005.  Specifically, the bill will clarify that the right to filter streamed movies is protected from Hollywood interference, just as it is for filtering DVD’s.  For consumers, it means that they can filter movies that are legally and lawfully purchased or rented from steaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and iTunes. The bill will not impact existing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protections.