Major film studios ask federal judge for injunction to shut down Utah-based VidAngel

Posted at 9:24 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 23:24:33-04

UTAH COUNTY -- Several major film studios, including Disney, LucasFilm, 20th Century FOX, and Warner Bros., are now asking a federal judge to shut down Utah based VidAngel through a preliminary injunction.

The request comes on the heels of a case filed by the studios against VidAngel earlier this summer, which alleged VidAngel has failed to pay them for their licensed products.

"Vidangel has tried to pay the studios in every way it knows how" VidAngel C.E.O. Neal Harmon told Fox 13 News Thursday, adding "While they say we're not paying them a streaming license, the studios are not willing to sell a streaming license for filtered content because of an agreement they've made with the Directors Guild of America."

Harmon insists the Family Movie Act of 2005 paves the way for his business to operate legally, even if the Director's Guild of America doesn't like his operation.

"We feel like we're on the right side of the law, that this is a right American's should have" Neal Harmon said.

VidAngel (which has a counter-antitrust lawsuit against the studios) posted on its blog how it believes it's in the right, click here for more details.