ClearPlay

Roughly five seconds after they introduced it, RCA is pulling the DRC232N, their "family-friendly" DVD player that uses Utah-based ClearPlay's software to automatically edit out pretty much anything that anyone anywhere would find objectionable (i.e. basically it takes already bad films and make them really not worth watching). We figured it'd have something to do with Quentin Tarantino finally tracking them down over mangling his art, but the more immediate cause was a company called Nissim filing suit claiming that ClearPlay infringed on their patent for a similar parental control system called CustomPlay MediaCenter.

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