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By Kent Larsen

LDS Businessman Cleans-Up Movies, Makes Slate Sex Column

OREM, UTAH -- LDS Businessman Ray Lines is making an attempt to clean up movies for Utah County's predominantly Mormon audience. And his efforts have even been noticed on-line, where the e-zine Slate's sex column picked up the story. Lines' business, CleanFlicks, edits movies for its customers and maintains a library of edited movies for members of its coop.

The business was the subject of a Salt Lake Tribune article on Monday, January 8th, in which Lines' business operations were explained. He edits objectionable material out of his client's copies of movies at the rate of 50 or more a week, and also edits copies of movies for a library belonging to a coop he runs. Coop members pay a monthly fee that allows them to check out copies of the edited movies.

Lines' two stores join American Fork's Sunrise Video in the controversial practice of editing movies for customers. Lines' lawyer, Jeff Aldous, maintains that the practice is legal. "[CleanFlicks and Sunrise Video] are purchasing and editing each and every video individually," he says. "They are not editing one master video and making a bunch of copies. So the moviemakers are being paid for each and every movie."

But University of Utah law professor Susan Poulter isn't so sure that the practice is legal, saying that the editors may be creating a derivative product, which would violate the copyright law. Poulter notes that the Hollywood studios have a right to control 'derivative' products, and notes that the crucial question is whether or not Lines and Sunrise Video are creating a new product by their editing. While Hollywood studios have expressed reservations about the practice, they have so far not taken any action, despite Sunrise Video's activity for more than a year.

Of course, the edited movies have been mostly a local issue so far. However, that may change. Yesterday, the online magazine Slate published an article about CleanFlicks in its Sex column. And that column says Lines hopes to expand his business nationwide -- to wherever Mormons live.


Clean scenes
Salon 11Jan01 B2
By Jack Boulware
A video watchdog in Utah edits out all the nasty stuff for his Mormon customers.

He Snips the Flicks
Salt Lake Tribune 8Jan01 B2
By Mark Eddington: Salt Lake Tribune

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