Film Corporation Vs. Industrial Commission Of Ohio Case Essay

1641 Words Dec 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Films currently have a rating system that establishes what age group is appropriate to watch the film that’s being screened. However, there was a time where people were able to watch whatever film they wanted despite their age. But that was a different time, an influential time for film. Censorship existed still it wasn’t till the Production Code Administration was created when they actually started enforcing the Code thus ending the Pre-Code Era.
In order to understand how the government was able to legally deny films their first amendment one must understand where it all began. Before the start of the Pre-Code Era, there was a trial that influenced many of the censorship rules and regulations. In 1915, the Mutual Film Corporation Appellant vs. Industrial Commission of Ohio case argued over the first amendment and censorship. The Mutual Film Corporation argued that their first amendment was being violated and they should be treated like any other form of publication despite the fact that they were a film cooperation. However, the Industrial Commission thought otherwise. They believed that by feeing these films they were helping the public with what could be dangerous content. They would censor the film so that no one would be influenced with what “evil” would be in stored for them. The Industrial Commission saw films as a threat to society if presented with dangerous ideas and characters. At the end, the judge favored the Industrial Commission because he agreed with the…

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