http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html This is absolutely ridiculous! The very same studios that hack to shreds some of the greatest films of all time are talking out the other side of their mouth and "backing" directors who want to stop these technological devices to allow consumers to edit out content they don't want...unbelievable! Yeesh! Yeah, I know it's not hot-off-the-presses news, but it's just now coming to a head, with the studios taking a more proactive approach against the tech companies that produce the software/hardware that allow such edits. What makes the hypocricy even greater is that these same studios were telling lawmakers just a few short years ago not to impose legal enforcements of ratings, that technology would better solve this problem than government intrusion. Argh, my head boils with the rage of utter disbelief at their increasing arrogance! While I do sympathize with the directors in wanting to preserve their vision, I believe that, so long as the devices do not hinder the distribution of the original source, the greater good to the public is served by allowing consumers to choose; let the free market reign here, too. There's no way the studios are on the side of directors in this case. It's a simple matter, really: It's a power struggle -- an attempt to keep firm control on what the public sees and does with their films. Anyone outside (read: non-studio-backed) who tries to offer an alternative must be quashed completely. I hope this case is shot down before it has a chance to set yet another terrible legal precedent.