VidAngel survives battle with bankruptcy, Disney and other giants

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

VidAngel logoA streaming service that has long sought to remove inappropriate content from movies to make them more suitable for families has successfully maneuvered out of bankruptcy in what has been called the biggest copyright case of the decade.

VidAngel is a family-friendly streaming app and original content studio that uses its proprietary technology to empower families to "skip" unwanted language, nudity, violence and other undesired content from movies and television shows. The company announced Friday that it has reached a settlement after a four-year battle with Disney, Warner Brothers, Marvel, 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, NewLine Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment. Those studios had argued that VidAngel's technology violates copyright laws.

Long battle on behalf of families

VidAngel was able to fully emerge from bankruptcy after Disney and Warner Brothers agreed to a compromise in the lawsuit by accepting $9.9 million over 14 years – instead of the original $64 million amount ruled against the family-friendly company in a district court judgment. In exchange, VidAngel agreed to refrain from decrypting, copying, streaming or distributing content produced by Disney, Warner Brothers and their affiliates without expressly receiving the studios' permission.

VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon was thankful for the bitter-sweet victory that allows his company to continue to clean up movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime so that they are presentable to children.

"After a long and extremely difficult legal battle in one of the biggest copyright cases in decades, we have finally come to an agreement in which VidAngel can emerge from bankruptcy and move forward as a rapidly-growing company," Harmon proclaimed in a statement released in his company's press release.

"As with any compromise, we had to make painfully difficult concessions to arrive at this agreement – as did Disney and Warner Brothers."

Families stuck with VidAngel

After surviving the epic "David vs. Goliath battle" at the mercy of the plaintiffs, Harmon expressed his gratefulness to families who understood what was as stake while rallying behind VidAngel as a bastion of the Christian values.

"We want to thank the team at Disney and Warner Brothers for negotiating this settlement in good faith," he continued. "We also want to thank our fans and supporters – millions of people who have stood with us through thick and thin over the last four years of a battle that all-too-often looked lost and hopeless."

After finalizing everything in Utah's bankruptcy court, VidAngel agreed to drop its 9th Circuit legal appeal and is now putting a large focus on providing customers with original content, including "The Chosen" and "Dry Bar Comedy."

VidAngel has been used by millions over the years who are seeking to remove immoral, profane or other bad influences from films and other programming used on numerous devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, ROKU and Amazon Fire TV.


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