New House Bill Would Allow Filtering Companies to Stream Major Studio Films

VidAngel was shut down by Disney and other Hollywood companies in 2016 for filtering TV and movies to make them suitable for children and families to watch, but a new bill introduced in the House would protect the independent streaming app.

Under the bill, H.R. 6816, sponsored by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the “Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005” would be amended to clarify that streaming services are now included among approved filtering devices along with DVD players. The new bill is called “The Family Movie Act Clarification Act of 2018.”

VidAngel is an entertainment platform that was created to help families filter out language, nudity, violence, and other mature content from movies and TV series that are popular today. However, the independent company made national news when Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilms, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. all filed a lawsuit against it, claiming the video streaming service was infringing on their copyrighted material.

The company bounced back and began using modern streaming platforms such as iOS, Android, and ROKU to enable families to stream and filter shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO through VidAngel’s services, but was still banned from doing so with Disney films and other TV shows. Love’s bill would enable the Utah-based company to operate as intended.

Executive Director of Protect Family Rights Coalition, Bill Aho, celebrated the bill.

“The bill will help VidAngel and any other filtering companies that work through lawful streaming services. If Congress passes this bill, there will be more companies offering more options with more technology available to families,” Aho, former CEO of ClearPlay, told The Christian Post on Thursday.

“The sad truth is that filtering technology is an economic win for Hollywood. We’re talking about filtering movies that are legally streamed and paid for through Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and others. It’s astonishing that the studios are willing to make less money to make sure families don’t miss any violence, sex or other adult content,” he added.

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Source: Christian Post