Grassroots support continues to expand for a content-filtering service that is embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit with several Hollywood studios.
A family in Florida has initiated a petition that has been signed by more than 127,000 people in support of VidAngel, the company which allows families to stream movies and filter out offensive content. "Enforce your right as a parent to protect your family," states the petition posted by the Bryan Schwartz family. (Petition Facebook page)
VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon is grateful for the Schwartz family's support because he believes this is filtering's last stand. Harmon tells OneNewsNow that even though Congress passed a law more than a decade ago allowing families to filter content, Disney and other moviemakers (i.e., Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm) don't want people to have that freedom.
"I don't see a world with the position the studios are taking to where my children and their children will be able to control the way that they view their content in their own home," Harmon says.
"So this battle has to be fought – and VidAngel has given voice to hundreds of thousands of American families who want the battle to be fought. And we feel emboldened by their support."
As it stands now, movies are no longer available for filtering because of a judge's ruling against VidAngel and a subsequent denial of a request for a stay of enforcement. The company has now requested an emergency stay of the injunction from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.