When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded an original song nomination for the independent, faith-based movie "Alone Yet Not Alone" this year, it sparked a controversy and questions of bias at the institution.
Now, the academy's board of governors has issued new rules to clarify how music branch members may campaign for their films.
According to the new rules, music branch members may not contact other music branch members to promote the nomination of their song in any way, including via email, mail, telephone or social media.
Music branch members are also barred from attending any special live performances of eligible songs unless the performances are attached to a screening.
The new rules seem to be a direct response to criticism that arose after the academy took the unprecedented move of revoking an original song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" in January.