VidAngel Responds to 9th Circuit Decision, Now Calls on Supporters to Call Their Members of Congress

(Provo, UT—January 4, 2016) VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows, is engaged in a high-profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. These Hollywood studios have taken legal action in an effort to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices.

 

Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied VidAngel’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction order recently issued against the service by a Los Angeles federal court.

 

CEO Neal Harmon has issued the following statement:

“Congress passed the Family Movie Act in 2005 because Hollywood had sued every company that offered content filtering for private, in-home viewing. Today, a small group of Hollywood studios, led by Disney, is using the legal process to try to render that law meaningless.

“We are asking our supporters to call their members of Congress and urge them to update to the Family Movie Act with new language that cannot be misconstrued in court, making it even clearer that filtering is absolutely legal in the streaming age.

“We are disappointed by today’s decision, but remain optimistic about our long-term prospects on appeal. Until our appeal is decided, we regret that VidAngel will not be able to offer filtered content. We continue to be grateful for the massive outpouring of support from across the country.”

 

VidAngel also encourages its supporters to go this page started by a Florida family in support of services such as ours: SaveFiltering.com

 

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About VidAngel

VidAngel is the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows. VidAngel’s success has been well documented, earning a #1 BestCompany.com user rating and making VidAngel one of the fastest growing entertainment companies in the U.S.

34 thoughts on “VidAngel Responds to 9th Circuit Decision, Now Calls on Supporters to Call Their Members of Congress

  1. Well, this is a shame. Thanks for fighting, Neal. We’ve really enjoyed our family movie nights over the past year and we wouldn’t have watched many of the films without filtering. I’ll keep hoping that someone along the way sees the FMA in the sense in which it was intended and allows VA to stay in business. Best wishes to you all!

  2. So, to be sure, there’s still a formal trial pending, and if the studios prevail in that trial, then we’re looking at 3-5 years for a Supreme Court ruling, correct? What can supporters do to “pay the bills” in the meantime?

  3. Ah LAME!!!
    Sending a letter to my state rep now! Here’s a copy incase anyone wants to copy!

    To our dear representative,
    First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your service to our community and our country as a whole! It is no small task to be a voice for the people when there are, undoubtedly, many different opinions being expressed to you all day every day. I am contacting you today in regards to the recent court ruling over movie filtering. My family and I have been able to enjoy many a movie night by using the company VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform which empowers users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows. They are currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. These Hollywood studios have taken legal action in an effort to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices.

    Congress passed the Family Movie Act in 2005 because Hollywood had sued every company that offered content filtering for private, in-home viewing. Today, a small group of Hollywood studios, led by Disney, is using the legal process to try to render that law meaningless.

    Now that you have some of the back-story, I humbly yet boldly urge you to update to the Family Movie Act with new language that cannot be misconstrued in court, making it even clearer that filtering is absolutely legal in the streaming age.

    Again, thank you, so much, for your service to our community our country and the individuals within.

    With much hope,

        1. I’m also in Washington State.
          We have signed our names and sent letters.

          The noted entertainment companies should change their tactics and support VidAngel. My family and I watched productions that we would have never viewed before VidAngel.

          Thank you for advocating for us.

          A.S.

    1. Thank you for sharing this information. I have now submitted a letter to each of our idaho congressman in both the house and senate.

  4. Here is my iteration of the letter to my congressman: (yes, I borrowed from you guys..)

    Why the HECK does DISNEY want to kill in-home private movie filtering?

    I am contacting you today in regards to the recent court ruling over movie filtering. My family and I have been able to enjoy movie nights by using the company VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform which empowers users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows.

    They are currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. These Hollywood studios have taken legal action in an effort to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices.

    Congress passed the Family Movie Act in 2005 because Hollywood had sued every company that offered content filtering for private, in-home viewing. Today, a small group of Hollywood studios, led by Disney, is using the legal process to try to render that law meaningless.

    Now that you have some of the back-story, I urge you to update to the Family Movie Act with new language that cannot be misconstrued in court, making it even clearer that filtering is absolutely legal in the streaming age.

    Please help make this change so VidAngel can stay in business. It has been a blessing in our home to filter out the garbage my children and even myself do not need to see. TV stations and Radio stations already filter, so why can’t i do it in my own home at my own leisure?

    Here is a link to the filtering company Vidangel so you can learn more about the lawsuit:

    https://www.vidangel.com/news/category/legal/

    Thank you, so much, for your service to our community and our country.

    And, thank you so much for your time!

    Tim Vosika

    1. Disney wants control because they are progressive. This doesn’t lose them any less money than blockbuster or hollwood video rentals. They want to be able to reach your child from the youngest age. Bombarded with enough horse pockey, some will stick. We have been getting attacked for more than 1 generation, and now they think people cutting off body parts is socially okay. And they want to force you to comply, and five your child more rights that parents. Remember Disney is a huge machine. ABC, ESPN, much much more.

  5. Sorry but nothing like Vidangel out there. No offense to clearplay and other 3rd party companies but Vidangel kept things simple, up to date, and without subscription plans to hassle you.. sad to see this happen for sure.

  6. Ugh! My weekends will never be the same!
    I miss you VidAngel!

    I refuse to go back to the only 2 remaining choices
    1. Movies that insult my soul.
    2. Movies that insult my intelligence.

    I guess it is game night at my house for a little while longer!

    Thanks for keeping up the battle for me!
    Renee

  7. Thanks for hanging in there, VidAngel! Keep fighting the good fight! I just emailed my 2 senators and my congressman. Your company is such a blessing to families! Hoping y’all can WIN this fight and silence the hollywood vultures once and for all! This is just absolutely ridiculous. May God be with you!

  8. Really alarmed to see that my choices in how I watch a movie are being challenged by such frivolous action as this. Talk about nanny state.

  9. I’ve just sent a letter to my congressman as well. I used most of what some of you wrote, and added a bit.

    Subject: Disney Discrimination and the Family Movie Act of 2005
    (I feel the word “Discrimination will catch more attention.)

    Dear Mr. (Congressman),

    Why the HECK does DISNEY want to kill in-home private movie filtering? (Thanks to Tim for this attention-grabbing sentence.)

    I buy streamed movies that I can filter in my home, but Disney is preventing that. It seems they want to discriminate against people like me by preventing the sale of their video products to we who want to filter out the degenerate content.

    (Then I used what others have written.)

    I also asked my congressman to use his influence to gain the support of his congressional peers.

    Take action!

  10. Dear Sirs:

    A social media campaign aimed at creating an outcry of public opinion might go a long way in promoting the right to filter content. This very important issue should be brought to the attention of decent people everywhere. Fight the power!!!

  11. What about when movies play on TV??? They edit things out so why is that legal? Why does Disney give a crap? Stupid 9th circus court of appeals. Bunch of libs!

  12. Just sent one of the pre-written letters above (with my added sentiments) to Utah Congressman Bishop and Utah Senator Lee. Thank you VidAngel for standing up for personal rights and for good family values!

  13. DO NOT GIVE UP VidAngel!
    Without you guys, we will all put our heads down on the insulting movie scene during movie night.
    Without you guys, we will have no voice and keep let the big company take away each child’s mind and being stuff with a bunch of junks in their head.
    Without you guys, we will forever be push from those movie giant and ONLY watch EVERYTHING they put in the movie.
    Without you guys, we will have no right and freedom to against the Hollywood movie industry, because who am I, I am just an ordinary father who cares for my family and children and wants to leave a good memory in their childhood, but I am just a tiny small voice that can not make a different against those movie giant.
    We need you VidAngel for setting an example to present our right and freedom for entertaining.

  14. Why don’t we start a “filtering” campaign too and supporters start sending these studios actual filters, a nice awkward square/rectangle size you put in your a/c unit at home w/the message Let Us Filter At Home & #SaveFiltering. Perhaps we annoy them to death enough and give them a direct example of how many are behind filtering, they may consider dropping? Unlikely, but the more attention we bring, the better right?!

  15. I was really surprised when I called senator Mike Lee’s office and the lady who answered didn’t know what VidAngel was and said no one had called about that. I thought certainly everyone in Utah was calling. She typed up our conversation. I gave her this website and she said she would send it to the D.C. Office.

  16. I just emailed Congressional District 24–Congressman Kenny Marchant. I will follow up with a phone call on Monday, January 16, 2017.

  17. I wrote letters to my Congressperson, Mya Love, and to my Senators, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch. I also called their offices and left my message for them to amend the Family Movie Act to make it clear that streamed filtering is LEGAL. The studios know that they can bleed companies like VidAngel into submission. Now is the time to do it. I believe that if many of us contact our senators and congressmen, we can get this done. Please do it.

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