Hollywood studios beat lawsuit over non-captioning of song lyrics in movies and television

According to an article posted Sept. 29 by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment defeated a lawsuit that alleged that the studios has violated various laws by refusing to provide more captioning or subtitling of song lyrics in films and television shows. The putative class action suit was launched on behalf of those with hearing disabilities. The judge in the case considered several aspects of the allegations, although he ultimately concluded:  “From the description of both parties, it seems clear to the Court that captions, and specifically the decision regarding what content to caption, is a component of the moviemaking process, as the Studios must decide what level of captioning would provide the best experience for consumers using the caption and subtitle features.”

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