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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it legal to filter offensive materials from movies.
The legislation, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch, puts to rest a dispute over whether the "jump-and-skip" technology violates copyright laws.
The technology is marketed by several companies, including Utah's ClearPlay.
Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, have sued companies marketing the filtering technology. They claim it alters the artistic integrity of the film and is against the law.
The ClearPlay system works with a normal D-V-D of a movie and a companion disc that can be programmed to tell the D-V-D player when to skip scenes containing violence, profanity or sexual content.
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