Feature Motion Picture Fair Business Practices Law Law and Legal Definition

Feature Motion Picture Fair Business Practices Law is a state legislature in the U.S. The Act declares that the licensing and distribution of feature motion pictures to theatres, affects the general economy as well as the access of the public to works of artistic expression and opinion. This Act insures unabridged access for the public to artistic expression and opinion in feature motion pictures at reasonable prices and at many different locations.

The Act avoids undue control of the exhibitors by the distributors and foster vigorous and healthy competition in offering feature motion pictures for the benefit of the public by prohibiting practices through which fair and honest competition is restrained.

The Act also promotes the wide geographical dissemination of feature motion pictures with ideas, opinions and artistic expression at reasonable prices to the public. It prevents theatres from unnecessarily going out of business, thereby resulting in reducing the number of small independent businesses and unemployment. The Act prevents unfair and deceptive acts or practices and unreasonable restraints of trade in the business of distribution and exhibition of feature motion pictures.

The following is an example of the state statute (Pennsylvania) stating the intention of the Act:

73 P.S. § 203-2 states that it is necessary to legislate regulations and standards pursuant to the exercise of the police power governing the relationship between feature motion picture distributors or licensors and exhibitors serving the public by establishing fair business practice procedures for the licensing and distribution of feature motion pictures and to provide remedies for the violation of this Act, including damages and attorneys' fees.