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Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain$
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Julian Petley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625383

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625383.001.0001

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The Video Image

The Video Image

(p.71) Chapter 6 The Video Image
Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses the possible link between the video industry's improved image and its remarkable success in Britain. According to Norman Abbott of the British Videogram Association (BVA) and Derek Mann of the Video Trade Association, one problem with the Video Recordings Act is that it is not being enforced strictly enough, although they agree that things have improved since trading standards officers were granted powers of enforcement in 1988. In its desire to improve its public image, the industry has planned its own systems of self-censorship in the forms of the Video Packaging and Video Advertising Review Committees. It might be asked whether the Video Recordings Act and the various examples of self-regulation have acted as any form of economic brake on the industry. The industry has decided that its future prosperity depends on establishing and maintaining a salubrious image.

Keywords:   video industry, image, Britain, Norman Abbott, Derek Mann, Video Recordings Act, self-regulation

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