A judge has ordered family-friendly streaming service VidAngel to shut down pending a copyright infringement trial.
VidAngel offered customers the ability to rent movies online, and to screen out various types of offensive material – doing so without agreements with content producers.
What they did was purchase commercial DVDs and used software to circumvent encryption technology and then edit the film to filter out nudity, violence, and other objectionable material and host it on its own streaming service.
Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures filed suit in June and on Monday their request for an injunction was granted with the judge slapping down each of VidAngel’s arguments. VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon has vowed to appeal the ruling.