Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Shannon McCoy

First Page



This Note examines the recent investigation conducted by the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") and its 2001 Follow-Up to that inquiry. The September 2000 Report ("Report") concluded that the entertainment industry intentionally and aggressively advertises both R and PG-13 movies to children under the age of 18. As a solution, the FTC recommended self-regulation by the entertainment industry. The 2001 Follow-Up to the Report ("Follow-Up") found that although the movie industry has made progress, a greater effort must be exerted to successfully eliminate the marketing of violent entertainment to children.' Both the Report and the Follow-Up demonstrate that self-regulation is not a feasible alternative. If the entertainment industry actually imposed the self-regulatory system suggested by the FTC, the adolescent audience would greatly decrease, thus causing severe cuts in industry profits.