VidAngel is coming back from the dead after falling into bankruptcy three years ago. The streaming service filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in October 2017 after several major movie studios sued the company for altering DVDs without proper permission.
VidAngel’s argument is that the Family Movie Act allows it to provide edited versions of video without getting permission from the content producers.
Now, VidAngel has filed a reorganization plan to spread its wings and make a comeback despite its troubled past. With its move to streaming and a new push for original content like The Chosen, trustee George Hoffman believes the service is on the path to being able to pay off a whopping $62 million in damages for hundreds of copyright violations the jury ordered in June 2019.
“Bankruptcy law was established by Congress to give companies a chance to rehabilitate, get back on their feet, pay their creditors, and continue to move forward,” said Hoffman, according to a statement by the company. “VidAngel has a reorganization plan that does just that. After entry of an adverse judgment in an amount that, initially, seemed insurmountable, the company’s business and revenues are growing, and the company is expanding into new lines of business. According to third party financial experts hired to advise me in the reorganization process, VidAngel’s robust growth makes paying the judgment in full feasible. I look forward to the court confirming a plan so that VidAngel can emerge from bankruptcy, pay its debts and focus on growing a great business.”
“We would not be in this position today were it not for the support and loyalty of our customers, investors, and the resilient VidAngel team,” said VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon. “We’ve gone from avoiding threats of a shutdown to being able to say, ‘just send us the bill’.”
The streaming service originally began as a DVD editing service, allowing users to edit distasteful movie scenes, including nudity and profanity, making some films more family-friendly. Now its focus is on editing films from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO on iOS, Android and Roku.
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