The district court did not abuse its discretion in entering an injunction barring defendant from continuing with its business of obtaining authorized copies of copyrighted movies, stripping the content access protections from the movie, and then making the movie available to its customers online with certain objectionable content removed. The Family Movie Act allows a company to offer a means of stripping objectionable content from movies, but only from an authorized copy of the movie. VidAngel makes an unauthorized copy of the movie from an authorized copy and then strips objectionable content from the unauthorized copy, so it doesn’t fall within the statutory exemption.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Hurwitz, J.); August 24, 2017; 2017 WL 3623286