Dear VidAngel users,
We have good news and bad news.
The good news: We’ve been discovered. A group of Hollywood producers has recognized our potential, called the right people, and offered us the chance to showcase our talents on a national stage.
The bad news: ‘Cause they’re suing us.
As you may have already heard, VidAngel is being sued by Warner Brothers (creators of Catwoman), Twentieth Century Fox (Fantastic Four), Disney (John Carter), and Lucasfilm (Star Wars Holiday Special).
Those are 4 big players. Luckily, we’ve brought in some big players too.
VidAngel will be represented in this case by Baker Marquart, the law firm that recently obtained a landmark copyright ruling for another innovative company that threatens the traditional Hollywood model.
“Ooh, a copyright case,” you are probably saying to yourself, adrenaline coursing through your veins.
Last year, a streaming company called FilmOn was being sued by some major television networks and studios, including ABC (a division of Disney) and Fox. The networks said FilmOn violated their copyright, and demanded that it be shut down. But FilmOn argued back that its model was legal, and the studios should be required to give it licensing.
This debate was not new. The streaming company Aereo actually made a similar argument and lost. So FilmOn was facing an uphill battle against the studios – one that everyone expected them to lose.
Enter Baker Marquart. With their representation, FilmOn obtained a landmark ruling in the Central District that FilmOn could legally apply for the same compulsory licenses available to large cable companies (an appeal will be argued this August).
So just to recap, Baker Marquart:
- Recently obtained a landmark copyright ruling
- Represents other innovative companies in the entertainment industry
- Beat the Mouse and the Fox in court.
- Attended law school for 3 years apiece!
Needless to say, we swooned. And hired Baker Marquart.
You may be thinking, “Wow, I guess VidAngel must have enough lawyers now.”
You can never have enough lawyers. That’s why we had our legal opinion written by David Quinto, the top-rated lawyer who represented the Oscars for 27 years. Yeah, 27 years! His first Oscars night was so long ago, some of the nominees were black.
The point is, we’re very proud of our legal team. We’re confident about our case. And we’re excited to tell our story to the judge.
Thanks for your support, and stay tuned for further updates,
Lady Justice is blindfolded so she doesn’t have to look at nudity.