Friday, December 30, 2016

In the wake of yet another federal court setback Thursday, “clean” video-streaming service VidAngel has taken its content offline, but it vows to continue its legal battle even as it tweaks its business model in the short term.

The company is fighting off litigation from four major Hollywood studios which claim the service — which scrubs sex, violence and/or foul language from movie content for subscribers — infringes on their respective copyrights, Variety magazine reported Friday.

On Thursday, federal Judge Andre Birotte again declined to stay his temporary injunction requiring VidAngel to take its content offline pending the result of the civil lawsuit. The judge had already declined a similar request earlier this month.

CEO Neal Harmon told Variety that customers who cannot access their purchases can get refunds or be mailed an unfiltered DVD copy of the movies, as well as cash out their VidAngel credit.

“Our company has the cash to weather the storm,” said VidAngel’s general counsel David Quinto, Variety reported. According to its official blog, the company boasts a $10 million legal defense fund and company CEO Neal Harmon told Variety that many customers have expressed interest in donating their refund to the effort.

Besides waging its legal battle, VidAngel said it will soon offer licensed content, in addition to its previously-announced plans to distribute several family-friendly independent movies, Variety reported.

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