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VidAngel Files Antitrust Suit Against Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, and Lucasfilm

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The popular service empowering users to filter movies and TV shows for language, nudity, violence, and other items takes legal action to ensure that Hollywood studios comply with the 2005 Family Movie Act and discontinue their efforts to undermine the law

LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other items from movies and TV shows, filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, and Lucasfilm in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division. The legal counterstrike comes on the heels of a suit brought by the same four studios last month, attempting to shut down the service.
Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel, has issued the following statement:

Baker Marquart LLP, counsel for VidAngel, filed the suit in U.S. District Court, pointing out that the Plaintiffs’ “carefully selected and misleading allegations distort relevant facts and law” by “suggest [ing] that VidAngel needs their permission to offer a filtering service, despite Congressional law which expressly authorizes VidAngel’s service without need for any such consent.” The suit also states that the Plaintiffs, in asking to shut down VidAngel, are “asking that the Court repeal a federal statute enacted to protect American families.” VidAngel details how the company purchases a legal copy of each title, matching a DVD to each user, and argues that its service is a value add for the four studios because users are purchasing titles they otherwise would avoid without being able to apply filters.

The complaint states: “Plaintiffs have interfered with VidAngel’s attempts to partner with streaming content providers to filter movies. Plaintiffs have also sought to improperly expand their copyright monopoly, seeking to deprive consumers of their right to buy and sell copyrighted works. As alleged in VidAngel’s Counter-Complaint, Plaintiffs should be held accountable for their improper actions.”

“The Plaintiffs in the VidAngel case claim that this is not about their desire to stop yet another filtering company, rather it’s about our process for buying, preparing and transmitting filtered content. This case is fundamentally about filtering, and as that becomes clear in the legal process, we are confident that the courts will uphold the law of the land,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel. “We hope that the filing will help these studios to realize that they are asking the court to shut down a service that will allow millions to filter content for themselves and their children.”

The company is asking the judge to declare that VidAngel and its process is fully legal, and is also seeking damages against the studios for interfering with its business.

View the entire filing by clicking here: https://blog.vidangel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VidAngel-Answer-and-Counter-Complaint.pdf

About VidAngel

VidAngel is the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other items 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.

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VidAngel Enlists Respected Hollywood Law Firm to Defend the Rights of Consumers

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In response to legal action brought by Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, and Lucasfilm, rapidly growing movie filtering service engages highly respected law firm Baker Marquart, known for winning a landmark copyright ruling

LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — VidAngel, the rapidly growing movie filtering service that empowers consumers by allowing them to filter certain content from movies or TV shows they own, has retained respected Los Angeles law firm Baker Marquart LLP to represent VidAngel in responding to the lawsuit recently brought against the Utah-based company by fourHollywood studios—Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, and Lucasfilm. VidAngel chose Baker Marquart based on the firm’s recent success, including the recent landmark ruling in the Central District that FilmOn could legally apply for the same compulsory license available to large cable companies that deal with TV networks.

Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel, has issued the following statement:

“Technological innovation has transformed the way we live, offering users customized solutions that empower them to consume in a way that meets individual needs and desires. Just as iTunes transformed the way people listen to their music, VidAngel is transforming the way people view their content, in the way that works best for them.

“We created this company because—as parents and consumers—we understand deeply the surging demand for filtering content to suit the needs of families.

“We are confident in our case, and equally confident that the interests of consumers will prevail. It is for this reason we have retained Baker Marquart, a highly respected Los Angeles firm that has represented innovators and prevailed in similar landmark legal disputes.”

About VidAngel

VidAngel is an innovative, consumer-driven service that empowers consumers to filter movies and TV shows they own, viewing content via a customized experience that offers the highest degree of personal choice in the entertainment marketplace.

www.vidangel.com

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