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Post by Covar » Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:08 pm

mikozero wrote::lol:
only a couple of weeks ago i watched Jonathan Ross show his prostate exam endoscopy tape on his Friday night (& the BBCs flagship) chat show, i'd love to see Letterman try something like that and ride it out.
who wants to see a prostate exam?

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most the censorship on tv and media is self imposed. if people wanted it the stuff would be out there.
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Post by 404NotFound » Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:24 pm

greay wrote:
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you see, we followed your (once apon at time) aspirational lead.
At least we don't ban movies. :wink:
The next thing you know you'll say our government has never burned books...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banned_films#United_States
Which of those movies was banned by the federal US Government? I only see cities/states.
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Post by greay » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:16 pm

404NotFound wrote:
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Lartrak wrote:
you see, we followed your (once apon at time) aspirational lead.
At least we don't ban movies. :wink:
The next thing you know you'll say our government has never burned books...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banned_films#United_States
Which of those movies was banned by the federal US Government? I only see cities/states.
The last 3. ?
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:16 am

Titicut Follies was pulled by order of the Massachussetts Supreme Court (though this does look like a case of thinly-veiled censorship), and Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story was banned from exhibition based on a civil copyright suit for unauthorized use of songs in the soundtrack. The Profit is a really weird case, though; there's a circuit court injunction against its exhibition/distribution worldwide until the Lisa McPherson / Scientology wrongful death case is resolved, despite the fact that Church of Scientology spokespeople have stated that the film has nothing to do with Scientology. Then again, when the Church of Scientology is involved logic tends to go right out the window.
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Post by Lartrak » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:52 pm

Ex-Cyber wrote:Titicut Follies was pulled by order of the Massachussetts Supreme Court (though this does look like a case of thinly-veiled censorship), and Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story was banned from exhibition based on a civil copyright suit for unauthorized use of songs in the soundtrack. The Profit is a really weird case, though; there's a circuit court injunction against its exhibition/distribution worldwide until the Lisa McPherson / Scientology wrongful death case is resolved, despite the fact that Church of Scientology spokespeople have stated that the film has nothing to do with Scientology. Then again, when the Church of Scientology is involved logic tends to go right out the window.
It is slightly off that they were allowed to film inside an asylum in Titicut Follies. The people in there could not give consent to be shown. Of course, stories go it may have helped lead to reform in some asylums...

The two other cases are not really what I would call 'banned'. I guess technically the term might apply, but a movie being made illegally (Superstar) using copyrighted materials without permission not being allowed to make profit isn't quite the same thing... And of course, the Profit just has an injunction.

BTW, one other film that should be mentioned is Nosferatu. Probably the most famous case of a "banned" film. All copies ordered destroyed as it is an unlicensed version of Dracula, but copies got out anyways.
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Post by Hawq » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:06 pm

Lartrak wrote:BTW, one other film that should be mentioned is Nosferatu. Probably the most famous case of a "banned" film. All copies ordered destroyed as it is an unlicensed version of Dracula, but copies got out anyways.
Unless its a differant Nosferatu you refer to the film predates all Dracula films as it was the first vampire film, or did they try to claim all vampires were Dracula or something bumd like that?
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:42 pm

Lartrak wrote:It is slightly off that they were allowed to film inside an asylum in Titicut Follies. The people in there could not give consent to be shown.
True, but under the circumstances I suspect that was just a convenient excuse to sweep some embarrassing footage under the rug.
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Post by mikozero » Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:34 pm

Covar wrote:
mikozero wrote::lol:
only a couple of weeks ago i watched Jonathan Ross show his prostate exam endoscopy tape on his Friday night (& the BBCs flagship) chat show, i'd love to see Letterman try something like that and ride it out.
who wants to see a prostate exam?
it was a comedy item and an encouragement to 'men of a certain age' to go and have theirs done.
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if you were an active participant in the fate of your nation i might give a fudge about what you have to say.
i'm in the army reserves and am currently up in wisconsin training for 2 weeks.
that's not the kind of participation your country needs, unless you're planning a coup.

but don't take my opinions to heart, i'm sure shooting some brown dudes in a foreign land with prevent the merging of Church and State somehow . . .

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Post by APE » Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:21 pm

The internet is proof the demand is out there. Cable tv just caters to the lowest common denominator to keep getting money. I want tv to be completely uncensored, but I should have the option of turning off things I don't want to see. OMG A CURSE WORD OH NOSE IM 12 RIGHT? Nope, I'm a big boy now, I can make my own decisions.

And since when did the FCC have the right to do anything but regulate interference from devices and partition frequency bands? Deceny is an opinion, I'd fight tooth and nail that since they haven't designated what isn't decent they can't charge you with anything.
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:35 pm

They shoehorn the "decency" stuff into the rules for allocating TV/radio broadcast spectrum.
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Post by MetaFox » Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:01 pm

APE wrote:And since when did the FCC have the right to do anything but regulate interference from devices and partition frequency bands?
If you think the FCC regulations are bad for broadcast television, you should see the regulations they have in place for amateur television. It's crazy.
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