A Closer Look At 9th Circ. Video Filtering Copyright Ruling

Law360, New York (September 8, 2017, 1:42 PM EDT) -- Some have cast the Disney Enterprises Inc. v. VidAngel Inc. proceeding, decided Aug. 24 by the Ninth Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”: the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth. Instead, copyright law served to vindicate a small Utah company that pioneered filtering and adhered to the law.

The battle in this case was between two small companies. One — ClearPlay — fought for the Family Movie Act of 2005 (“FMA”), which affirmed movie filtering was...
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