Hatch on VidAngel’s technology: ‘I want to find a way for everyone to win on this issue’

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, pictured here, weighed in on recent controversies surrounding VidAngel, ClearPlay and online filtering. He also signed a letter with members of Utah congress this week.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch weighed in on recent controversies surrounding VidAngel, ClearPlay and online filtering, saying he’s fighting for families who want filtered television shows and movies.

Hatch said in a statement that he believes families should have the right to filter content.

“I want to find a way for everyone to win on this issue,” he said in a statement emailed to the Deseret News. “I believe that families should have the choice to screen out profanity, violence, and other objectionable content from movies and television shows if they want to. At the same time, it’s essential that we protect content creators’ intellectual property rights.”

Hatch’s statement comes about two weeks after VidAngel announced a new service that allows subscribers to filter content from Netflix and Amazon (as well as HBO with an Amazon Prime subscription).

ClearPlay also announced a new tool that allows users to filter Amazon content, and Sony announced it plans to release “clean” versions of some of its films.

VidAngel’s decision to announce a new services comes after four Hollywood studios filed a…

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