A day after a judge ordered him to shut down his site, VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon vowed to use $10 million reaped in a crowdfunding campaign to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
In a video posted on Facebook, Harmon also announced that VidAngel plans to get into the content production business with VidAngel Studios.
VidAngel, based in Provo, Utah, offers a service whereby users can “rent” videos online while screening out violence and nudity. VidAngel contends that the service — which involves using software to copy DVD’s — is permissible. But four studios filed suit in June, alleging that VidAngel is violating their copyrights.
On Monday, Judge Andre Birotte granted the studios’ request for an injunction, soundly rejecting VidAngel’s arguments and ordering the site to shut down pending trial.
In the video, Harmon said he would seek a stay of the injunction in order to keep the site up and running.
“If we succeed that means we get to keep all of our movies up,” he said. “At the same time, we’re appealing the ruling so that if we do have to pull the movies off the site, we hope to have them back up in a matter of months.”
Harmon used the opportunity to announce that VidAngel Studios will launch in early 2017, producing “family friendly” content. He also said he would release three independent films this month, evidently to ensure that VidAngel will still have some content to offer to its customers.