ADD YOUR NAME TO THE #SAVEFILTERING PETITION 

Enforce your right as a parent to protect your family

In today’s world, when it comes to protecting the well-being of our children, many parents just like you are faced with an onslaught of media competing for the attention of their young minds. This is not just sexual content, violence and language, we’re talking about. Your kids are being fed innuendos, subliminal messages, indoctrination and social conditioning like never before in history. Filtering services like VidAngel allow you to pre-edit (skip over parts you choose) movies and TV shows giving you peace of mind about what your children are exposed to.

Right now there is another battle waging behind the scenes, and its outcome will directly affect your rights as a parent. Four Hollywood studios (Disney—along with Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm) have entered in legal battles with VidAngel, in a case that is sure to set a precedent for the future of the filtering industry. This is not the first time Hollywood has strongly opposed filtering services. After all, they were against the Family Movie Act (FMA), a law designed to empower parents and enable filtering services. The #SaveFiltering petition exists to enforce your right to choose how your family consumes content in the privacy of your own home before Hollywood takes it away.

Add your name to this petition now.

 

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How You Can Make A Difference 

You're not alone! Over 125,000 of you have already signed the petition. Many of you have stated that without VidAngel, you simply would not consume content from these studios. We know that there are hundreds of thousands of you out there and we need your collective voices to be heard! Here's how you can help immediately:

  1. Add your signature the petition below to enforce your right as a parent to protect your children.
  2. Share the petition to all of your friends, family and sphere of influence, it affects them too!
  3. Donate to the cause. 100% of donations go towards creating awareness for this cause.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support!

From Bryan Schwartz & The Schwartz Family

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  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:32 -0400
    I have been able to show such movies as "the Terminator(1&2), The Godfather trilogy, “Shindlers list” etc such important films to my ultra sensitive parents and kids. its been a god send for those who are more sensitive to enjoy some of the greatest works of art that film has to offer
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:31 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-07 15:53:28 -0400
    Sign the petition: #SAVEFILTERING
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:22 -0400
    My Family and I stand behind VidAngel 100%.
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:21 -0400
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:15 -0400
    Filtering doesn’t take away from the entertainment value but instead adds value to families enjoying a film together without unnecessary profanity in particular segments of the movie. In different languages, many profane words in English are replaced with less severe wording that still expresses anger or disgust, not changing the message whatsoever. #savefiltering
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:53:14 -0400
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    Patricia Hardcastle
  • signed via 2016-09-07 15:52:56 -0400
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  • signed 2016-09-07 15:52:52 -0400
    I have been “filtering” movies for years, whether it was skipping past the “scary parts” of a kid movie I was watching with my nieces and nephews, or fast-forwarding a sex scene I didn’t care to watch in an otherwise entertaining film. But fast-forwarding can get you only so far. How am I supposed to know exactly when a director decided to throw in the random f-bomb in a PG-13 movie, or when a sweet kid will casually use the Lord’s name in vain 7 or 8 times in a PG movie? And by the time I realize that a scene includes nudity or a severed head, it’s too late; that image is already seared into my brain. Now my husband and I have a young son, and we are even more sensitive to what we let into our home. Vidangel has been a wonderful way for us to have the power to watch a movie the way we want , without profanity, without a crude joke here or a flash of nudity there. We love many of the stories in popular films today, and it is a relief to be able to enjoy them without being forced to let the f-bomb explode in our home. I have certain things that I don’t care to watch or hear that might not bother someone else, and vice versa, and it is wonderful to have the freedom to personalize my viewing experience for a movie that I own in a way that has never been available in the past.


    Because of Vidangel, my husband and I have watched several films that we otherwise would have skipped because of their content. “Man Up” was hilarious, and “About Time” was a beautiful movie, and we never would have watched either without filters, and we have watched countless others that we skipped in the movie theater because we didn’t want to “take a risk” on them, but when they popped up on Vidangel, we decided we would “give them a try” because we could filter out anything we didn’t want to watch. A few times, we have even repurchased a film through Vidangel that we already owned on DVD simply in order to watch it through their filtering technology. In other words, Hollywood gained new and additional customers (us) for numerous films that they previously would have had no chance to reach.


    I can understand the argument that “if you don’t want to watch it the way we want you to, then you shouldn’t be allowed to watch it at all”. Artists want control over their art for as long as possible, in as lucrative a way as possible. And I can understand why a director or studio might feel threatened by Vidangel. Here is a service that conveniently allows me to watch a movie that I own however I want, and then sell it back when I’m done. I’m sure if a studio could figure out a way to charge me royalties for every time I watched a movie I own, or levy a fine anytime I didn’t watch every second of the closing credits/sex scene/bloody battle, or extract a percentage whenever I sold a movie I had previously purchased, they would. If the courts expanded their power to block any advance in technology that would allow a Mom to watch a movie with her family the way she wants in the privacy of her home, I’m sure they would jump at the chance. But giving studios that kind of monopoly is a dangerous precedent in my opinion. They are trying to gloss over some key steps Vidangel has taken to comply with copyright law. On more than one occasion when my husband and I wanted to buy a movie through Vidangel, that movie was unavailable because all of the copies were in use. Vidangel doesn’t just stream a movie indiscriminately; they ensure that there is a PHYSICAL DISC that the company has purchased for every movie that is currently being watched through their filtering technology. We paid $20 for the first movie we purchased through Vidangel, and when we sold it back, rather than a refund, we chose to use that money as credit toward future purchases, something that other streaming services do not do. I’m sure that were studios willing, Vidangel would be open to partnering with them on a more formal basis, but the studios have purposely squashed that avenue. Vidangel might even allow studios to license their technology to allow studios to offer consumers filtering options on DVDs, BluRays, or Digital Copies that they purchase through other vendors, but the truth is they don’t want consumers to have access to filtering technology. They say that Vidangel competes with other streaming services, but none of those services offer filtering. Vidangel is just a better service, period.


    There are plenty of movies that my husband and I have decided not to watch (in the theater or out, with or without filters), and that is our choice as a couple. There are other movies that in the past we chose to watch only to regret our decision after (“I had no idea there was going to be that much language”/“I could have done without seeing that scene”). One of the best features of Vidangel is that it allows you to know what potentially objectionable content there is in a movie before you watch it (or decide to skip it), and it lets you see how much of the audio/video of the movie you will miss if you decide to filter it. Sometimes after looking through the filters of a movie, we realize that the filters we would want to set would substantially take away from the movie, so we choose not to watch it. On other occasions, after setting a single filter, we choose to watch a movie that we would otherwise have skipped. I don’t want to force everybody else to watch a movie without f-bombs or blasphemy or nudity, or forbid studios to make movies including these things if they wish, I just like to have the choice to watch a movie how I want in the privacy of my home. A while ago networks tried to force people who watched television to listen to commercials at significantly higher volumes than the regular program, but just because we choose to watch something in the privacy of our own home, doesn’t mean we should be forced to watch it exactly how some executives decided that THEY want us to. I can only imagine how thrilled they would have been if some well-meaning judge had declared TiVo illegal as well. They were unsuccessful then, and I hope movie executives are similarly unsuccessful now. In fact, I hope that the obvious demand for this service will be a wake-up call to movie industry insiders of the desire so many of us have for more freedom in our home viewing experience and the need for more values-friendly entertainment in general.


    Sincerely,


    Tiffany Sullivan
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-07 15:52:49 -0400
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-07 15:52:16 -0400
    Sign the petition: #SAVEFILTERING
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  • signed 2016-09-07 15:52:06 -0400
    Love VidAngel.
  • signed via 2016-09-07 15:52:05 -0400
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  • signed 2016-09-07 15:51:47 -0400
  • signed via 2016-09-07 15:51:46 -0400
    Tracy Cowley loves the ability to filter out all the unnecessary trash in movies today.
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:51:44 -0400
    If Hollywood and such would stop putting unnecessary filth in their movies we would t have to filter. Until that time, we NEED the right to filter.
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:51:36 -0400
    Colleen Barker
  • signed 2016-09-07 15:51:34 -0400
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