Talk:Motion Picture Association of America

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I made a change in the Johnson period section regarding the production code. I don't know how to add sources formally into the article in the standard format, but the following will justify my change. There had been numerous changes to the code since it was written in 1930, but I refer to 1934 as the first consistent implementation of the Code (starting July 1), and to 1956 as arguably (but not definitively) the most significant of the changes during that time, thus preserving the spirit of the earlier poster's idea, while making it more consistent with the fact. (The Special Regulations on Crime in the late 1930s was a pretty significant change, so there's room for disagreement as to which was more important, but as it had been written, the existing text was incorrect and uncited.) (talk) 14:12, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

I have reinstalled the 1930 date; even your source dates the code to 1930. Even if the code only became binding in 1934 (as claimed by this article), it is factually inaccurate to say the code itself was first implemented in any year other than 1930. Betty Logan (talk) 16:16, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

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How can MPAA "rate" older movies?[edit]

How can a movie that was produced before the alpha-numeric MPAA rating system of 1968, be so rated? There are grandfather laws in the U.S.

Specifically: Movie produced in 1959, released to general audiences, a Steve Reeve "Hercules" flick, be rated: "PG" when released on video in the '90's? Or, for that matter, give a : "G" to an Abbott and Costello of 1952? (talk) 17:15, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

They will rate anything that is submitted to them. If an old film is submitted to them for a new rating then they will rate it. Betty Logan (talk) 10:49, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

"Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America" vs "Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association"[edit]

An anonymous editor changed the founding name of the MPAA from Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America to Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association. This edit was subsequently reverted by Jim1138. The IP attempted to reinstate their edit but I have removed it once again.

From what I can gather the MPAA was indeed called the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. According to The Dame in the Kimono (p. 139) the name was changed from Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America to Motion Picture Association of America at the end of 1945. There are also contemporary references to Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America dating to May, 1922. However, transcripts of a Congress sub-committe hearing in 1936 make references to both Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America and Motion Picture Producers and Distributors' Association, along with another organization, Association of Motion Picture Producers.

It would appear that "Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America", "Motion Picture Producers and Distributors' Association" and "Association of Motion Picture Producers" co-existed in 1930. Does anybody know the background to the other two organizations and what the relationship was between all three? Betty Logan (talk) 12:22, 9 February 2017 (UTC)