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With new service up and running, VidAngel asks for clarification of 2016 injunction

Editor's note: The following story has been updated with new information. This version clarifies recent court proceedings.

On June 13, VidAngel launched a new service that filters content streamed from third-party services Netflix and Amazon and is now seeking to clarify a court injunction issued in December.

The Utah-based media filtering company has been involved in a legal battle with four Hollywood studios — Warner Bros., Disney, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd. — over the issue of copyright laws.

In December, Judge Andre Birotte Jr., of the Central District Court of California, ruled that while the case is being decided in court, the streaming company must discontinue its model of video streaming, according to the Deseret News.

VidAngel's new service allows Netflix and Amazon customers to filter content they already subscribe to. After launching the service, VidAngel submitted a request to clarify the injunction. The studios countered by issuing an ex-parte application for "striking the filing of VidAngel’s Motion to Clarify or Construct Preliminary Injunction Order ... and ... setting a schedule for a compliant Motion to Clarify that allows Plaintiffs to take discovery regarding VidAngel’s claimed 'new' service."

However, on June 22, the Central District Court of California denied the studios' application to strike VidAngel's motion. "Additionally, the court denies Plaintiff's request to set a schedule for discovery and briefing with regard to VidAngel's new service," according to court papers.

The studios' response to the clarification is due July 3, with VidAngel’s reply due one week later, Harmon said.

Harmon said VidAngel wants the judge to rule quickly, allowing the company to run and operate without the legal troubles.

Meanwhile, Harmon says he's willing to accommodate the studios' request to better understand the technology as long as it protects the company's customers and technology and "as long as it's relevant to the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and any potential copyright law violation."

“They want an expert to go in," Harmon said. "And we’re collaborating with them and working with them to allow an expert to go in" and see how it works, he said.

Harmon said Disney will suggest an expert, who must first be approved by VidAngel. The expert can access the system enough to create a report on the technology. The expert will sign a document to protect VidAngel.