Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Q:So is watching movies edited legal?
The (Family Movie Act of 2005 (FMA) ("EXEMPTION FROM INFRINGEMENT FOR SKIPPING AUDIO AND VIDEO CONTENT IN MOTION PICTURES") says in regards to filtering that a private household can make (or use a technology to make) limited portions of the audio or video content “imperceptible” as long as it comes from an authorized copy of the film and doesn’t create a permanent altered copy.
Play It My Way doesn’t create a permanent altered copy (there have been a few court cases that have ruled that changing playback “in flight” doesn’t create a new “version” of the film), and rather than streaming movies on our site (and having to worry about all of the licensing/distributing/other hooplah there) we only filter movies that you can already stream legally through other services. These streaming services have paid their dues to Hollywood, and the law protects your right to skip or mute limited portions of it. We only provide the technology that allows you to do this automatically, and stay out of the streaming business.
In short, we believe that we are legal, but without legal advice we hesitate to say so definitively.
Some studios have mentioned before in legal proceedings that they're not averse to "secondary editing" (given that no "second copies" are created or distributed). (i.e. like what Play It My Way provides, a second copy is never created). Historically studios also have seemed to be OK to allow airplanes to pay them money to watch officially "edited" versions of movies, so hopefully they'll be all right with letting people pay them money to watch edited versions in this instance as well. In essence, we are allowing film makers to target more target audiences, and make more. Hopefully they're OK with that.
We attempt to obey copyright laws by writing our own reviews and our own tags and not copying other websites' content.
In short, we believe Play it my Way to be legal, though we're not lawyers to tell for sure.
Q:Do you have a contract with Amazon here?
Q:So is watching edited movies moral? Ethical?
We flatter ourselves by thinking so. Let us tell you our take on it. Imagine you're going to a play in a theater, but, feeling a bit under the weather that day, and you know an upcoming scene might make you a bit sick. Is it OK to walk out for that scene then come back? Or is it OK to "look at the floor" in the theater and not watch when something happens in a movie that you're not comfortable with? Is it OK to walk out during the closing credits of a movie and effectively "skip" those last few scrolling credits? We think so. But again, ony do what feels right to you here :) For some parents, it's OK to watch unedited movies themselves, but then if they want to watch them with their kids, to dial down the intensity a little. This also works well for that. Power to the people! :)
Another take on it: for instance if it's a PG movie but you just want to be able to watch and "avoid any surprises" (for instance, the one single profanity in it) you might consider that an ethical option. Or to create a "toned down" version of scary scenes of a Disney film, so that little kids don't have nightmares but can still "watch with the family" you might consider that an ethical option.
Another take on it: sometimes Hollywood inserts some bad scene just to "get a rating" as it were. Why not watch it comfortably without that bad scene? They want your money in the end, and you're, in essence, giving it to them by watching their movie, albeit edited. My other theory is that maybe Hollywood producers just "don't realize" the tastes and affections of some people out there (to them, profanity is hum drum, for instance). We are providing the ability of the masses to tailor-fit movies to themselves instead of everyone having to fit in one bucket for a release, as it were. But do whatever you feel is appropriate and ethical, and also allows others the same privilege :)
Q:Does using this send a wrong message to Hollywood?
There's definitely a debate as to whether you should watch some "dirty" films, edited, at all. That's your call of course. Some films, even edited, still have a "dark feeling" about them, so use your best judgement even with edited versions. We provide an "wholesomeness" rating for each movie, which may be useful to you in your quest for wholesome recreation. We'll leave that one as a personal decision, if you feel we shouldn't then don't let us force you, just don't watch the movie. For those that "want" to watch these movies cleaned up, we do offer this as an option. As to whether it sends the wrong message to Hollywood, my personal hope is that we can show them "yes lots of people are watching these edited, you should tap into this market!" that kind of message. Maybe we'll be able to show them, or maybe we'll end up sending the wrong message, we hope not. But we're not sure either.
Q:What can I do to help out?
A:We know a lot of you are passionate about this and would love to help more. And we'd love your help!
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We are looking to pay people to help us with video editing! Contact us, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you're interested in giving editing or giving feedback on the product join our facebook page. Want a "donate now" button? Ask us!
Q:Is this going to get in legal trouble?
Q:How do I uninstall it? This thing is annoying!
Q:Can Play It My Way skip advertisements for me?
A:Well...we decided not to include that functionality, as it would not give the legal providers of your movie their dues (somebody has to pay for these movies). So, sorry to disappoint there, but no plans currently.
Q:Can it edit Netflix?
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