Amidst legal battle, content provider plans to expand

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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VidAngel logoA content-filtering service that's involved in a high-profile legal battle with Hollywood studios has announced it will be producing its own family-friendly content.

The company VidAngel, which allows families to stream movies and filter out offensive content, has had its business stopped by a federal court. As reported earlier this month, a judge agreed with Disney and other moviemakers that the company's filtering process infringes on the studios' copyrights, even though Congress gave its approval of the process when it passed the Family Home Movie Act of 2005.

In the meantime, VidAngel plans to launch an appeal and says it will fight all the way to the Supreme Court if it goes that far. It has also requested a reasonable time to comply with the court's order if no stay is granted in the interim.

UPDATE (12/30/2016) ... VidAngel's request for a stay was denied Thursday in U.S. District Court. The company has now requested an emergency stay of the injunction from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company has also announced the launching of VidAngel Studios, saying it will offer original family-friendly content beginning in 2017.  Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, hopes the company will have a flourishing future.


"[First of all] we hope they ... win this lawsuit so that families can stream mainstream Hollywood movies without the explicit content," he shares. (See how VidAngel works)

Winter has a second wish. "... We hope they are very successful as they work to create and produce and deliver other family-friendly content to a huge family audience across the nation," he says.

Winter says when it comes to entertainment in America, families are an enormous, under-served market.

12/30/2016 - Update added.

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