Decisions in Brief

Decisions in Brief

John C. Gatz

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Video Censoring Service Courts Copyright Trouble

Disney Enterprises Inc. v. VidAngel Inc., 121 U.S.P.Q.2d 1212 (C.D. Cal. 2016). Plaintiffs Disney and other film studios alleged that their copyrights were infringed by the defendant VidAngel, who provides the streaming of filtered versions of movies and television shows having objectionable content removed. The service starts by a customer purchasing the physical DVD from VidAngel, then selecting from a list of potentially objectionable content to be filtered, and then streaming the filtered content instantly. To provide this service, VidAngel decrypts the content, tags it for the potentially objectionable materials, and stores the files in the cloud for streaming. Customers may sell the DVD back to VidAngel the next day for $1 less than the purchase price.

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