Streaming service VidAngel ordered to pay $62.4M for pirating films

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A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday ordered film streaming service VidAngel — recognized for eradicating the curses and nudity from movies — to pay $62.four million to Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. for ripping off their content material, in response to experiences.

U.S. District Decide Andre Birotte had already dominated VidAngel’s service was unlawful, letting jurors resolve the quantity of damages they owe to the studios, in response to Deadline.com.

“The jury at this time discovered that VidAngel acted willfully, and imposed a damages award that sends a transparent message to others who would try to revenue from illegal infringing conduct on the expense of the artistic neighborhood,” the studio’s stated in a joint assertion.

VidAngel — who vowed to attraction Monday’s determination — ripped off content material from DVD’s and stripped away profanity, nudity and violence earlier than streaming the filtered model on their very own platform.

The corporate had argued their companies have been licensed below the Household Film Act, however Birotte ordered them to close down in December 2016, in response to Selection.com.

VidAngel later launched a brand new filtering service for Netflix and Amazon, which continues to be in operation.

Following Monday’s determination, VidAngel’s CEO stated in an announcement, “We disagree with at this time’s ruling and haven’t lessened our resolve to avoid wasting filtering for households one iota.” 

The jury’s verdict might pressure the shutdown of VidAngel, who’s already going through chapter in Utah, and has roughly $2.2 million readily available, the Selection.com report stated.