Category Archives: Policy & Ethics

Sued Over ‘Hotel Mumbai,’ Netflix Drops Plans for India Screening (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix, Arclight Films International and four other companies are being sued by South Asian regional distributor Plus Holdings over rights to Anthony Maras film “Hotel Mumbai.” Netflix has now shelved its plans to screen the movie in India, where the movie is set, and other parts of South Asia. – Patrick Frater & Naman Ramachandran, Variety » https://ift.tt/2Hrulov
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Hollywood Studios Win Copyright Battle Against VidAngel’s Streaming Service

The studios alleged that what VidAngel was really doing was “space-shifting” and violating exclusive rights to copy and perform copyrighted works. Specifically, the lawsuit took issue with how VidAngel was circumventing the encryption on DVD and Blu-rays that protected against unauthorized access. By doing so, VidAngel was able to not only offer nudity-free versions of movies, but also access to films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens before such content was available on licensed VOD services like Netflix. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2TnNzTh

WGA Files Arbitration Claim Against Netflix Over Residuals From 33 Original Films

The dispute over the application of residuals formulas to these projects challenges the way Netflix allocates license fees for the purpose of calculating residuals. Because these residuals are based on licensing fees, the WGA is challenging Netflix over how much it paid itself to license these films to stream on its own platform – a dispute that could have repercussions for Amazon, Hulu and Apple, which also release their own original films in theaters to garner awards attention. – David Robb, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2IUhiyg

Netflix Makes Statement In Wake Of Steven Spielberg’s Attempt To Block Streaming Giant From Oscars

“We love cinema,” the official Netflix Twitter account wrote. They continue with a list of things they loved including: Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters[.] Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time[.] Giving filmmakers more ways to share art[.] “These things are not mutually exclusive,” they concluded in a tweet that could be considered a clap back at the filmmaker. – Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2IQxSzb

Amazon Pulls Anti-Vaccination Documentaries From Prime Video After Congressman’s Inquiry to Jeff Bezos

The anti-vax documentaries had been available in the U.S. as part of Prime Video but as of Friday afternoon were not available to stream. Those include “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”; “Shoot ‘Em Up: The Truth About Vaccines,” a purported exposé on the danger vaccines pose by potentially contributing to autism, asthma and neurological damage; and “Man Made Epidemic,” described as an investigation into “the autism epidemic and whether MMR vaccines have a role to play.” – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/2H8S24Y
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