Christian Streaming Company VidAngel Ordered to Pay $62M to Hollywood Studios

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The streaming service VidAngel has been ordered to pay more than $62 million to four Hollywood film studios.

The judge ruled the company violated the studios' copyrights by streaming filtered versions of their movies.

A federal jury in California ruled Monday that the streaming company must pay $62.4 million in damages to four studios that accused it of copyright infringement.

In a joint statement the studios, which include Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers, said:

"The jury today found that VidAngel acted willfully, and imposed a damages award that sends a clear message to others who would attempt to profit from unlawful infringing conduct at the expense of the creative community."

VidAngel allows users to filter explicit content from movies.

Many conservative families and religious leaders who say there is too much sex, violence and bad language in feature films support the streaming service.

But the company has been in an uphill legal fight for several years.

CBN News previously reported that the company came under fire in 2016 when the studios filed copyright infringement and piracy lawsuits.

VidAngel lost that part of its legal battle in 2017 but was able to stay afloat by switching services to filter content from companies such as Netflix and Amazon.

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