Disney v VidAngel Trial – Day Two Update and Day Three Schedule

Day 2 of the trial consisted of three testimonies. We heard from William Barnett, Jarom McDonald, and ended the afternoon with a testimony from Neal Harmon.

*The court issued an order excluding witnesses from the trial, which prevents them from having access to the testimony of other witnesses before they testify. Unfortunately, this means we can’t give you access to the daily transcripts yet. But the process is meant to achieve justice so we, of course, will respect it.*

For those of you in the area, we would love to have you join us this week. Today, June 13th will be in Courtroom 7B and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 A.M. and will go until 3:00 P.M. You are not required to stay the whole day – please feel free to come whenever your schedule allows.

For those of you not in the area, we are grateful for the support you have given from wherever you are! We appreciate all of the uplifting comments, good vibes and prayers that have been sent our way.

Disney v VidAngel Trial – Day One Update and Day Two Schedule

We meant to publish this last night, apologies for the tardiness and thank you for the messages you’ve all sent supporting us. Also, thank you to those who came yesterday.

Day One Update

Here’s what I remember happening on day one:

 

  • – The judge wished our Chief Legal Officer, David Quinto, a happy birthday

 

  • – After hearing argument from both sides, Judge Birotte decided that Disney can seek DMCA damages as well as copyright damages, but that both will be decided by the jury

 

  • – Jury members were selected to create a fair and impartial jury – this was the most interesting part of the day.
    • – – Judge Birotte gave a stirring speech on the right to a trial by jury granted by the United States constitution, shared about his immigration from Haiti and thanked the jurors for being there. (I felt a lot of gratitude for our country during this part)
    • – – Twenty potential jurors came to the courtroom and sixteen of them were called at random to sit in the jury box and answer questions
    • – – Those he asked individual and group questions to allow the parties to learn about them
    • – – One juror asked to answer a question privately and the judge created a static sound and met with the judge off to the side (the court reporter still recorded what was being said)
    • – – After a fair amount of discussion with counsel from both sides (again with the static sound playing), the judge eliminated eight jury members
    • – – 8 jury members were then sworn in

 

  • – Judge presented the format, which is:
    • – – 20 minute opening statements from both sides
    • – – up to 6.5 hours of evidence and cross-examination from the Disney
    • – – up to 6.5 hours of evidence and cross-examination from VidAngel
    • – – rebuttal evidence from Disney if time permits
    • – – 40 minute closing statement from Disney
    • – – 40 minute closing statement from VidAngel
    • – – 10 minute rebuttal from Disney

 

  • – Two witnesses were called to the stand to testify for the studios:
    • – – Robert Schumann – expert on technology – about 1 hour for testimony and cross-examination
    • – – Tracy Myers – representative from Warner Bros. – about 30 minutes for testimony and cross-examination

 

The court issued an order excluding witnesses from the trial, which prevents them from having access to the testimony of other witnesses before they testify. Unfortunately for customers and fans, this means we can’t give you access to the daily transcripts yet. But the process is meant to achieve justice so we, of course, will respect it.

 

So that’s all the detail I can muster for now. Join us in the courtroom to experience the trial first hand.

 

Evidence Time Remaining:

Disney: about 5 hours 30 minutes

VidAngel: about 6 hours

Day Two Schedule

Time: 1:30pm-5pm

Location: United States Courthouse, Courtroom 7B, West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA

Trial Begins June 11th, 2019

 

Thank you so much for your continued support for VidAngel!

For those in the Los Angeles area, we want to invite you to join us June 11th – 14th at the United States Courthouse in Los Angeles for the trial.

We believe in strength and numbers, and would love to have you there to support us! You are not required to stay the whole day – please feel free to come whenever your schedule allows.

Start times are subject to change based on the Judge’s schedule, so we will send you an update each night to let you know what time the trial will begin the next morning.

If you are unable to attend the trial, but would like updates, check back here daily for an overview of what is going on. We will be updating our blog daily during the week of the trial.

If you believe in a higher power, please send prayers! If not, please send all the positive vibes sent our way. We appreciate you all so much.

Neal Harmon

Co-founder & CEO