May 24, 2004  ·  Lessig

As reported by Ernie, Disney is lobbying to get indecency regulations applied to cable — yet another example (after the Sonny Bono Act) to use law to protect itself against competition. When your movies flop, and you’ve driven away the greatest animation company in the world, I guess there’s not much strategy left.

  • OldMacFan

    Well, this is very simply a case of Disney properties not doing as good as they want. So it is Disney’s belief that if they can ban these types of movies from 6-10 PM, those other channels will not have as much to air that Disney does not control and the more people will turn off these channels in favor of Disney controlled properties. This is truly Disney putting on the squeeze from all sides.

  • Jason

    “At the FCC, Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps has said he would support regulating cable networks for indecency. In a potential Kerry administration, Copps might become FCC chairman and get the opportunity to realize his regulatory vision.”

    Great…as if it already weren’t a difficult enough choice to make this November.

    I find the argument that cable is a subscription service versus an over-the-air broadcast very persuasive. It seems like a slippery slope; if Congress chooses to lump subscription services with broadcasters, it could open the door for regulation of what, today, is called “premier” and “pay-per-view” channels.

    The irony here is quite interesting too. Here’s Disney, very much derided by the Christian Coalition for its support of homosexuals, supporting indecency legislation that the CC would probably very much like to see passed. Next time I do brunch with my parents, I’ll have to tell them about this and see if their heads explode. :)

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