Sony Won't Replicate Porn in New Australia Blu-ray Plant

Sony Won't Replicate Porn in New Australia Blu-ray Plant
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HUNTINGWOOD, Australia — Electronics giant Sony has said that it will not replicate adult material in its new Blu-ray replicating plant, which opened in Sydney-adjacent Huntingwood in June.

The only Blu-ray plant in the Southern hemisphere, it has a maximum annual capacity of 12 million discs, and one of its lines is used for producing discs for PlayStation3 games.

"Sony DADC is open to other contracts but would not take on any adult titles or content," a spokesperson said.

Although Sony declined to elaborate on its specific reasons for the ban, it's believed that it was implemented to meet rules set down by the Walt Disney Company, which requires that no X-rated material can be manufactured on the same premises as its family-oriented videos.

The Disney rule dates back to the 1999 home video release of "The Rescuers" when two frames with a topless woman in a window were discovered by sharp-eyed viewers. The source of the topless images was unknown — speculation has included the possibility that animators inserted the images in the original film, which was released in theaters in 1977 — but Disney withdrew the homevideos from circulation and established the rule for its replicators.

Representatives of Digital Playground and New Sensations told XBIZ that the restrictions at the Sony plant would not affect their companies, which use other Blu-ray replicating plants.